2018 GC Premium Cabernet Malbec

This wine possesses intense blackcurrant / redcurrant and mulberry-like aromas along with some subtle cedary 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 red colour as is the norm with the wines from the Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard. This wine possesses intense blackcurrant / redcurrant and mulberry-like aromas along with some subtle cedary notes. The palate is warm, firm and structured, but retains the elegance that we expect to see in Cabernet based wines from Clare. It will take several years in the cellar to reveal its undoubted potential. Very good cellaring proposition. Try with grilled lamb backstraps.

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 75%, 25% 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 2018 vintage was shaped by a cool winter with above average rainfall followed by a dry and quite warm spring. Budburst was almost 2 weeks earlier than normal due to the warmer conditions and, consequently harvest was also very early – we commenced vintage on Feb 4th. The Summer was quite mild really and did not get hot for any extended period, apart from a few days around New Year and mid February conditions were very temperate for the rest of the harvest.

 

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were both machine and hand harvested, transported to the winery, destemmed into 2 tonne open fermenters, chilled and cold soaked for approx 72 hours prior to the natural yeasts kicking in and beginning the ferment. Fermentation was completed within 12 days prior to the wine being pressed and run into new and used French 225L barrels for just on 18 months.

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