2010 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon
The colour is deep red. The nose is very lifted with delightful floral notes reminiscent of wild roses. In addition the nose also shows characters of currants, green beans and roasted capsicum. The palate has intense blackcurrant fruit complemented by coffee, nutmeg and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with lovely sweet berry fruits through to the finish. The seamless tannins are soft and silky, adding further complexity to this well balanced wine.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately and the grape must be pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree celcius range, which allows the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the finished wine is then put into predominately French oak to mature.
12 months in primarily French oak, with approximately 20% new oak.
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed the vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles for whites.
Bronze at 2012 Sydney Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 National Wine Show
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition
West Australian, 19th January 2012
94 Points - The smells of blackcurrant and tobacco on the nose with traces of plum and blackberry. The palate is firm and concentrated with terrific richness and depth of pure cabernet fruit. Strikes a great balance of fine grained oak and fine grainy tannin. This is a quality cabernet froman outstanding vintage.
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