2016 GC Premium Cabernet Malbec

This wine displays intense blackcurrant / mulberry fruit aromas along with some cedar notes.

Quite concentrated on the palate, but manages to retain a degree of elegance that we expect to see in Cabernet based wines.

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GC Premium Cabernet Malbec

Overview

Cabernet and Malbec have long been great blending partners in the Clare Valley with many fine examples being produced over the years. Deep red colour as is the norm with the red wines from the Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard.

 

Tasting Notes

Deep Crimson with richly aromatic in the savoury spectrum showing green olive and mulberry leaf characters. Classic Clare structure of medium weight, fine grained tannins with excellent length. Fruit flavours consist of mulberry and blackberry notes complemented by dried herbs. Oak is barely noticeable with maturation adding texture and subtle spice notes. 2016 was one of the great Clare Valley vintages, cellaring recommended.

Technical Detail

 Region

100% Clare Valley, South Australia.
One of Australia's oldest and most premium wine regions, famous all around the world for it's Riesling and Shiraz wines in particular

 Varietal

Cabernet 80%, 20% Malbec. 17 months in older French Barrels

 Vineyard

Single vineyard

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years
14.0% Alcohol

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2016 vintage was shaped by a cool winter with average rainfall followed by a dry, warm spring and quite a hot December. Budburst was earlier than normal due to the warmer conditions in September and as a consequence harvest was also very early – we commenced vintage on Feb 9th. Thankfully January and February were quite mild with below average maximum and minimum temperatures experienced for both months. Around 30mm of rain received on 29th January went a long way towards shaping the vintage also. It has probably turned a potentially ordinary vintage into something potentially quite special.

 

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were both hand & machine harvested, transported to the winery, de stemmed, pressed and the juice chilled prior to the being partially clarified by cold settling – some solids were retained for texture and added complexity. It was then inoculated with a pure yeast culture, with fermentation carried out in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for 25-30 days. After fermentation the wine was fined, stabilised and then filtered prior to bottling.

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