2005 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon
The colour is a deep purple red. The nose is lifted and distinctive of Cabernet Sauvignon with Ribena, blackcurrant and spicy French oak. The palate is medium to full bodied with lovely sweet rich fruit characters predominantly mulberry and cherry. This fruit makes the palate attractive and approachable and combined with the soft velvety tannins gives the wine silkiness and great length.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and fl avour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominantly French oak to mature.
12 months in 20% new and 80% second and third use French oak.
2005 Vintage had a mild and long ripening season. These conditions favoured the accumulation of intense colour and flavours in the Shiraz grapes.
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