2012 XV Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon
Alc: 13.6 %
T.A. 6.14 g/l
Harvest Vintage: 2012
Vineyards: Bakers Gully Vineyard
Winemaking / Viticulture:
McLaren Vale is the forgotten producer of Cabernet, but is without doubt one of the best regions for growing this classical grape variety. It has a coastal climate which seems to be very important in many of hte famous Cabernet Sauvignon regions such as Bordeaux, Margaret River, Coonawarra and Bolgheri (Italy).
The wine has an expressive perfumed nose with oodles of fresh ripe black fruits of the forest aromas along with hints of tobacco and cedar.
The palate is sily, even elegant and long with an unmistakingly dominant varietal flavour of black currants or cassis. As usual there is a roasted red capsicum and a hint of peant. THe tannins on the finish are ripe, long and moorish. The alcohol is lower than many modern day McLaren Vale reds at 13.6% and this allows the wine to have more aromatics, greater freshness and elegance.
The XV Barrels would benefit from 10+ years cellaring. Decant before serving.
Printable Tasting Note: http://www.tapestrywines.com.au/uploads/web/XVBarrels2012tasting.pdf