The 2011 vintage was preceded by good winter rainfall, providing sub-soil moisture for the summer months. This provided strong canopy growth and a strong fruit set. The summer ripening period was relatively cool, with warm days the normality, providing even ripening across the vineyards. Pristine flavours were developed in this time, with excellent tannin formation.
Fruit was selected from the Ross Family Vineyard in the Southern Foothills of the Barossa from the ‘back block’ that encroaches into the hillside. Here the grapes thrive on the gentle sun soaked Northern slopes perched on the side of the gully. The soil is a rich Duplex structure of brown loam over red clay.
Fruit from each vineyard was picked at optimum ripeness and crushed into directly into open top fermenters and yeast added to immediately start the fermentation and remove the chance of any spoilage occurring. The subsequent day, and for a period of 6-8 days following, the fermenting must was hand ‘pumped-over’ twice a day. The wine was then drained and the skins pressed in an Air bag Press, for gentle skin contact resulting in softer and silkier tannin extraction. The wine was then transferred into 100% new American oak barrels for maturation. Over the next 21 months the wine was racked twice and topped at regular intervals. Prior to bottling, the wine received a polishing filtration and rested in bottle for 18 months prior to release.
The nose has abundant black currant, raspberries with sweet spice and chocolate from the American oak. The tannins are rich and robust giving mid palate weight and enhancing the dark cherry, currant and cassis characters. The oak maturation is evident and adds soft richness and vanilla/coffee tones to the palate. Drinking well for your immediate enjoyment, but will easily cellar for over a decade with confidence of further enhancement.
Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
WineMakersAaron Roisen and Cameron Hosmer
Bottled DateFebruary 21, 2012
Release DateSeptember 26, 2014
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