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SERVING TEMPERATURE | 16 - 18°
CELLAR POTENTIAL | Up to 10 - 15 years
This wine has all the defining aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon – cassis, ripe blackberry and a leafy freshness – with the added depth of mint and dark chocolate that is quintessentially Coonawarra.
The palate is full bodied with deep cassis and blackberry flavours layered with rich dark chocolate, mint freshness and subtle cedar and toffee oak notes. The tannins are firm and fine, driving to a long and satisfying finish.
Vintage 2014 in Coonawarra was not a blockbuster, it was much better. The 2014 Cabernets combine elegance and power, creating wines of great balance and longevity
Good rains over winter gave a welcome boost to the aquifer, which, together with careful canopy management, proved a great advantage over the hot, dry summer.
This wine is a natural expression of healthy, ripe fruit with inherent good structure and mature tannins. The fruit was picked in dry weather in early May and was destemmed and partially crushed before fermentation in open fermenters with twice-daily rack and return to extract flavour, colour and tannin.
The wine was matured for 16 months in French oak hogsheads and barriques; about half were first or second use barrels. We chose St Martin and Demptos barrels with a tight grain and deep, slow toast to add flavour and structure without charry notes. During the crucial stage of blending each barrel was assessed and only the finest were reserved for this wine.
Coonawarra vignerons claim they occupy the best Cabernet Sauvignon terroir in the world, an assertion undisputed by the legions of fans of their intensely flavoured yet fresh and finely structured wines.
Talk of Coonawarra always comes back to the terra rossa, but the free-draining red earth laid over thick limestone is only part of the region’s success story.
10 years ago we challenged ourselves to explore Australia’s best terroir.
With the Handpicked Numbered Series we have reinvented the iconic Australian blended wine. Each wine in this series is unique, made in tiny quantities from special parcels of fruit and only made in exceptional vintages.
All great wine begins in a great vineyard. We select only the best fruit from outstanding vineyards that have a track record of producing exceptional fruit year after year.
Each label in the Numbered Series tells a story of craftmanship and origin through contour lines inspired by the landscape.