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Today is International Cabernet Day so we are celebrating with a new vintage release – our 2019 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is now available online and in Cellar Door!
Brock, our winemaker, chats about the new 2019 vintage release:
Cabernet Day was first coined by Rick Bakas back in 2009, with the hashtag #cabernetday. It is on the Thursday before Labor Day each year (the USA holiday), so this year is today, 2 September 2021.
There is some debate about the date, with some people celebrating International Cabernet Day on 30 August each year. We’ve chosen to go with the former date, so we are having a grand ol’ time with Cabernet today!
To see what other ‘wine’ days exist – check out Casey’s blog The Travelling Corkscrew.
Our new vintage release has aromas of fresh chocolate, intense black forest fruits, licorice and subtle mint leaf. And on the palate, generous ripe cassis, blackberry, milk chocolate with mouth coating tannins that lengthen the finish.
Our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of a kind. Our vineyard team were kept busy on a tight watering regime, measuring out the small allocation as carefully as possible through the very dry summer of 2019. In a normal year Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small, and 2019 was no exception. Careful cap management in fermentation has helped to ensure we have retained colour and perfume and a lovely fruit weight with enough tannin to balance, without overwhelming the palate. Our Craneford Vineyard plays an important role in this wine as 51% of the final blend, with slightly more mild conditions bringing fresh and fragrant notes. Our Cabernet is pressed from open fermenter to a combination of new and seasoned French oak for malolactic fermentation and further maturation for the following year. We carefully blend our Cabernet from our three sites to achieve the best balance.
– Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison
Cheers, from Brock and the Elderton team
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