Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Colour: Deep Crimson
Nose: Softly perfumed florals- lavender and blue fruit base on top of mocha and cedar background. It exhibits a denser and meatier profile than Brookman Cabernet and is bathed in savoury and spice components that flicker around the majestic, yet refined structure.
Palate: Seamlessly integrated extract provides a smoothly textured, classically structured expression that is fuller, rounder and more robust with varietal depth and primary nuance.
REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.
CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.
WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown vines planted in 1945 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
MATURATION: 18 months, 85% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. 20% 1-3 year old hierarchy. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
BEST DRINKING: 20015-2040
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 13.8% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 12,500 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk