Vineyard Selection - Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Vineyard Selection - Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Region - Clare Valley, South Australia

The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Tullymore Vineyard in the North eastern foothills of the Clare Valley. This vineyard has produced medal winning wines ever since the first crop. With an elevation of 450 metres on east  facing slopes, this fruit was grown on deep red loam and quartz volcanic rock making it one of the best sites in Clare to grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

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, the rains that followed in late January and early February were most welcome to rebuild soil moisture and slowing down ripening. A mild February rounded out what is considered to be an excellent, if early, vintage. 

Prior to fermentation the fruit received a cold soak in open top fermenters. The ferment was regularly pumped-over to maximise colour, flavour and tannin extraction from the skins. The wine was gently pressed off to a selection of 25% new French oak and 75% seasoned French oak hogsheads. The wine spent 20 months in oak.

Winemaking Notes
The wine is a deep vibrant red with a bouquet of dark fruits - cherry and  boysenberry. The wine has a deep red colour, aromas of fruit cake, plums and prunes and hints of eucalyptus along with oak aromas of vanilla, caramel and roasted nuts. The palate shows a classic Cabernet line of acidity and verve, soft tannins and ripe plum fruit.

Analysis -pH 3.44 | Alc. 13.5% | TA 6.8 g/l 



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