South Australia Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: The vineyard is hand managed and monitored to source the best quality the vineyard can deliver. Located in the hills of the Fleurieu, overlooking the Finniss River wetlands.
Season: A superb season recorded with good winter rains recharging water sources for an ideal start to the growing season. An unexpected 'black' frost occurred late spring, which disappointingly reduced overall fruit production. A warm December and growing season resulted in wine grapes of deep concentration and exceptional Cabernet fruit; a region famous for delivering outstanding Cabernet.
Wine making: Hand picked by family and friends and transferred to open top fermenters. After 14 days the juice was gentle basket press to new and seasoned French oak barriques for a further aging of 18 months. The finished wine remained un-filtered and un-fined.
Appearance: 'A dinner-jacket in velvet suit' Zar Brookes. Deep, dark red with slight purple lift.
Aroma/Bouquet: The faintest aroma of French oak with an crescendo of forest berries with nuances of fresh herbs and capsicum.
Palate: Concentrated sweet but not over ripe fruit, intertwine a palate of luscious dark berries, black current liqueur and dark chocolate. A delightful savory finish; the tannin is fine and gripes at the finish but...that's the joy of Cabernet.
Food Pairing: A versatile wine for many cuisines. Smoked Italian sausage and bean stew, Argentinean beef barbecued on the bone.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: Now to 8+ years
Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide
Barossa - Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco Blend
Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular which takes in a landscape of rolling hills with vineyards dotted in the distance. Planted on own roots and established as a non- irrigated site, with a southerly aspect. Elevation of 390m consisting of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over clay & limestone.
Season: The season began with good winter rain and followed by an average spring. The soil profile was wet and budburst/the growing season was off to a good start. With December came warm summer days and unlike the valley floor, cool evenings gave the vines respite from the daily heat. The dry conditions with high altitude breezes, kept disease pressure low. Overall an excellent vintage and one that will be regarded as a favourite.
Wine making: Hand-picked Cabernet and Resfosco grapes was de-stemmed and co- fermented as whole berries, hand plunged several times daily and left on skins for 14 days, gently basket pressed then transferred to new French Troncais and Jupilles oak for 26 months.
Appearance: Deep crimson red with purple hue
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of violets, blue & black berries and exotic spices. Leather and cedar nuances intertwine with ripe berries and an earthy nose.
Palate: French oak dances around black and ripe mulberry fruits with hints of leather and cedar notes. There's an explosion of generous fruit which fills the palate with delightful aromatics continuing from your initial sip. Layers of delicious ripe fruit crescendo to a rich and savoury finish.
Food Pairing: Osso Bucco, hearty Italian cuisine or any rich intense flavoured food. This wine long for a food partner and appreciates decanting before enjoying.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: Now to 2040+
Wine maker/Viticulture: Peter Raymond
Barossa Valley Red Wine Gift Pack
This family owned, artisan wine label is one to look out for. Since the inaugural Gnadenberg Road Shiraz release - 2015 vintage, the wine label quickly became a Halliday 4.5 star rating wine label. The vineyard is located just over one kilometre from Australia's most iconic single vineyard wine; Henschke Hill of Grace. A stunning setting with a landscape of rolling hills covered with green pastures, and a patchwork of vineyards.
The Garden & Field vineyard has been created in an ancient soil profile of heavy red clay over sandy loam, shale and schist rock matter. While the rainfall in the high ranges of the northern Barossa region is minimal, the moisture holding capacity in the soil structure is it's secret to concentrated wines of high aromatics and depth.
Vineyard tours and tastings are a memorable experience as the setting takes you back to yesteryear, 1856, when the first stone was placed at the homestead. Stone cottages, corrugated sheds, with gravelled roadways are in the heart of the vineyard setting.
Experience a three bottle sample pack of the Garden & Field wine range - 100% hand-crafted and presented beautifully in deeply punted heavy weight wine bottles. Cork closures (100% TCA approved), to compliment the traditional wine and vineyard techniques. It's impressive from the beginning.
Three Bottle Sample Pack Includes;
*Tasting notes included - Gomersal Shiraz signed by the wine maker.
Barossa - Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: The Avon Brae vineyard produces distinctive Shiraz and Cabernet based wines of impeccable balance, freshness, varietal character and fruit purity.
Season: A dry start to the vintage growing season with expected cooler evenings and seasonal late frosts. Due to the site elevation and vineyard establishment, 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 Shiraz grapes were noted for deep colour and flavour intensity.
Wine making: The Eden Hall Cabernet Sauvignon comes from selected rows in Block 3 and spent nearly two years in French oak, followed by more than a year in bottle prior to release.
Appearance: Dense crimson
Aroma/Bouquet: Dark soy, couverture chocolate, liquorice & tar nuances.
Palate: Luxurious dark fruits of plum and blackcurrant on the palate. A complex, full-bodied wine; finishing with mouth-filling and brooding tannin.
Food Pairing: Crusted peppercorn beef fillet with pan fried green beans, Roast beef and red wine gravy or orange spiced duck and radicchio salad.
Residual Sugar: 0.46 g/L
Production: 558 dozen
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Kym Teusner