2013 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

Estate Family Vineyards

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Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon NV

$25.45 Per Bottle

RRP $34

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown exclusively on the Elderton Vineyard situated on the banks of the North Para River, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. The 1988 vintage was chosen by Qantas for first class, the 1992 vintage won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 1993 and for the next two years won Gold and Trophy at the Barossa Wine Show. The 1994 vintage gave Elderton its first international gold medal at the London International Wine Show 1996. The 1998, once again won gold and trophy, in the Barossa Wine Show for the best regional Cabernet, and the 1999 won the trophy in Belgium for the best wine imported into the country. A proven consistent performer, we believe that the 2013 will continue in this trend.

The Elderton vineyard has very old deep alluvial soils over limestone with the majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines ranging between the ages of 35 to 50 years. With a Mediterranean climate, the Baumé reaches 13.50 to 14.50.

Winemakers Comments

The 2013 growing season was hot and dry with low crops allowing great varietal expression. The grapes from our Estate were picked and crushed into our concrete open fermenters, having a 24-hour cold soak before inoculation. Heading down boards were utilised after two days to keep the cap submerged, making finer tannin extraction without harsh phenols. Splashing-over of the wine helped increase oxygen and circulation through the skins. The wine was then pressed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and racked three times over the next 18 months, before final blending and bottling. The 2013 shows the classic Barossa Cabernet characteristics of blackberries, cassis and beetroot earthiness and is drinking well today but will cellar well for 10+ years.
-Richard Langford

StyleFull bodied, rich
ColourDeep purple
AromaBlackberry, cassis, beetroot
PalateRed berries, beetroot, chocolate
DrinkDrink now to 10+ years from vintage
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
Vine AgeBlocks date back to 1960s
SoilAlluvial over limestone, sandier towards the east
Maturation18 months in French oak
TH6.7 g/L

95 points - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

Quite apart from the rarity of cabernet vines of this age, the viticultural skill in managing growth through to picking at this baume/alcohol level is the cornerstone for a strongly varietal cabernet treated with utmost respect in the winery.

91+ points - The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, Dec 2015

Luscious style but it never runs away and/or gets out of control. Yes there’s plenty of coffeed/creamy oak but the fruit is varietal, even elegant; it tastes of blackcurrant, violets and cloves, bay leaf notes as a whisper at their loudest. Tannin is strong but awash with succulent flavour. The longer this breathes – within reason – the more impressive it becomes.

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