Regional Selection - Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Regional Selection - Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Region - Clare Valley, South Australia

Vineyard 
The grapes for this wine we grown on three of our best and most distinct Cabernet Sauvignon sites in the Clare Valley. These sites are located south of Clare in Auburn and on both the east and west sides of Clare. Each vineyard provides its own take on Cabernet Sauvignon with varying palate structures and flavour profiles, influenced by the soil profile and mesoclimate of each. 

Growing Conditions 
Early spring was very mild and dry giving rise to early bud burst and very fast vine growth. By mid-October vines were well advanced and tracking 2-3 weeks ahead of a normal season with most flowering complete by the start of November. After a hot dry December and January rains in late January and early February were most welcome rebuilding soil moisture and slowing ripening. A mild February rounded out what is considered to be an excellent if early vintage. 

Winemaking 
Components of this wine were picked separately when they reached an optimum level of flavour. Each parcel was cold soaked for five days and fermented in 10 tonne open-top fermenters. Daily pump overs were utilised to maximise extractions of colour, flavour and tannins from the skins. Parcels had contact with French and American oak for maturation. Rigorous tasting and blending ensured the final blend consisted of only the highest quality components.

Winemaking Notes 
Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of blackberry, cassis and blackcurrant with hints of chestnut, forest floor and orange peel. The palate shows vibrant, ripe blackberry flavours and nutty toasted oak. Fine chalky tannins hold the fruit for the length of the palate.

Analysis -pH 3.55 | Alc. 14.5% | TA 6.3 g/l

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Region - Clare Valley, South Australia

Vineyard - The fruit for this wine was sourced from the finest grapes across the sub regions of Clare Valley, Auburn, Armagh, Hill River and Leasingham. Each parcel of fruit was harvested during the cool night temperatures to retain aromatics and delicate flavours.

Growing Conditions - Adequate winter rains followed by a dry budburst meant an early vintage. Low crops and good canopies ensured rapid ripening and delicate flavours evolving. The vineyards maintained good shoot length, canopy coverage and bunch numbers. A great vintage for maintaining delicate fruit and nervy natural acidity.

Winemaking - Components of this wine were picked separately when they reached an optimum level of flavour. Each parcel was cold soaked for five days, warmed up and fermented in open-top fermenters. Daily pump overs were utilised to maximise extractions of colour, flavour and tannins from the skins. Parcels had contact with French and American oak for maturation. Rigorous tasting and blending ensured the final blend consisted of only the highest quality components.

Winemakers tasting notes - This wine is a deep red with a vibrant purple hue. It has bright aromas of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of cassis and violets. The tannins are fine and elegant giving the wine length and poise, balanced upon a fine acidity that lines and frames the wine in perfect symmetry. A lovely food wine which can be enjoyed upon release but will also reward with careful cellaring.
 
Analysis - pH 3.48 | Alc. 14.5% | TA 7.8g/l
 
Awards
Gold, 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition
Silver, 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Bronze, 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition