Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
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Vintage 2012 in the Barossa could be summed up as a vintage without extremes. La Nina conditions moderated throughout 2011 leading to good soil moisture at the beginning of the growing season. Average temperatures through spring and early summer enabled the vines to flourish giving healthy balanced canopies and good fruit
set. Mild conditions through January to March allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes to ripen in ideal conditions producing fruit with outstanding depth of flavour.
Select parcels of grapes (both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) were hand picked and crushed to eight tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation and cap/skin management was controlled by the Yalumba designed cap plunger, irrigating the fermenting wine over the skins or draining all the wine away from the skins and then flooding back. These different options allow us to optimise each individual batch/ ferment to make a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness, texture and complexity.
The wine opens with floral notes of red compote berries. Very coastal aromas, and a fresh palate, with a very direct line of fruit running through and hints of cool mints and rich midpalate textures. This is an energetic wine, with a mouth coating powdery tannin finish.
Matured for 12 months in 12% new Hungarian, French and American oak hogsheads and barriques, with the balance in one to five year old French, American & Hungarian barrels.
Pair with a classic beef Wellington.