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2018 Gold Seam Cabernet Sauvignon

Estate Grown | Single Vineyard |Open Top Fermented | Basket Pressed

The 2018 Gold Seam Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a 2.3-acre single vineyard on the southern slope of the Moppa Hill.  It has an altitude of 335m and is planted on ancient iron rich sandy soil with shale fragments and quartz stone throughout over friable orange clay.  Sustainable vineyard practices are used with a real care for the soil and surrounding natural environment.  Naturally a very low yielding dry grown vineyard and produces wine with varietal character and impeccable balance & structure.

The fruit was picked on the 13th of March, 100% de-stemmed and whole berry into a small open top fermenter.  The juice was pumped over twice per day with an occasional rack and return.  After 22 days on skins the wine was drained to barrel, the skins hand-dug to the basket press.  And matured with minimal racking until being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Appearance:  Dark magenta core with crimson-red rim.

Aroma:  Primary fruits dominate from the beginning, blackberries, currants, ripe cherries and plum.  Layered with abundant grounding spices of clove, nutmeg, pepper and a touch of vanilla.  Concluding with classic earthy, cigar box and fine cedar notes.

Palate:  Impeccable balance with ripe black fruits and spice that flow effortfully on the palate.  Blackberries and currants are the main feature in the black fruit spectrum along with pepper and spice flavours.  The richness of specially selected new oak has integrated well and allowing the intense fruit and spice to shine.  Tensioned with a line of mineral acidity, this dry grown Cabernet vineyard, natural tannins give superb structure and allow the flavours to linger on, into the distance.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Moppa Hill

Bottled:  Unfined and unfiltered on 28th January 2020

Production:  170 dozen

pH:  3.49

Total Acid:  6.83 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Maturation: 20 months in 47% new French, 32% seasoned French barriques, 21% new American oak hogshead.

Cellar Potential:  15 years with careful cellaring.

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  10/10/2023


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