2016 Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley Cabernet

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: The dry weather meant that when the night time temperature dipped allowing late frosts, but thankfully not damaging Eden Valley. December and early January was warm but rain at the end of January and early March were welcomed. Along with milder weather, the Shiraz fruit ripened and delivered an exceptional vintage.

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 and dried herb.

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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