2017 Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley Cabernet

Barossa - Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Mountadam Vineyards was established in 1972. The Cabernet fruit is grown on the estate with an eastern aspect. The vines were planted in 2001 at 450 meters above sea level.

Season: A dry start to the vintage growing season with expected cooler evenings and seasonal late frosts. High Eden elevation enabled little frost settled on the grape vines. A warm start to the summer season ensured a strong and healthy canopy structure. Along with warm weather, rain arrived and was higher than expected throughout January and February. The wine grapes were not affected due site elevation and soil structure. This allowed grapes to ripen with full colour and flavour intensity. 

Winemaking: Hand-picked parcels of Cabernet fruit was fermented onsite at the winery in 8T fermenters at 25ºC. After extended time on skins the wine was transferred to mature in French oak barriques (20% new barrels, 40% 1-2 year old barrels, 40% older barrels) for 12-14 months.

Appearance: Dark red

Aroma/Bouquet: Concentrated forest floor fruits with blackcurrant, liquorice and dried herbs.

Palate: Intense blackcurrant and bramble fruits with notes of dried bay leaf, cassia wood and tobacco. The palate is well balanced with lingering fruit and sharp tannin on the finish.

Food Pairing: Sunday roast lamb and red wine gravy, mixed pepper crusted steak with pepper sauce or a selection of sharp cloth aged cheddar cheese.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Winemaker: Helen McCarthy

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