2012 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon
On release the wine has a lifted blackcurrant and tomato leaf aroma; hints of cedar and spice add to the complexity of the aroma. The wine has primarily dark berry fruit characters on the palate. French oak spice adds to the complexity of the wine. The palate has fine structured tannins which balance the fruit and oak weight well. The wine has a clean finish and lingering flavour.
The fruit was harvested at night when the fruit was deemed to be ripe by our wine-makers. Warm fermentation was carried out in a mix of potter and open fermenter. Extended time on skins adds to the texture of the wine. The wine was matured in French oak for ten months prior to blending and bottling.
A warmer spring and cooler summer saw the Barossa begin vintage 2012 with some exceptionally healthy vines and expectations for early maturation. Maximum mean temperatures in the Barossa in spring (September to November) were slightly above average, which led to good vegetative growth, healthy vines and potentially early maturation, while summer mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average.
Silver at 2014 New World Wine Awards (NZ)
Bronze at 2013 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2014 International Wine Challenge
BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015
STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014
90 Points: ‘Brilliant ruby. Fresh cherry and cassis on the nose, with smoky mineral, oak spice and floral qualities adding complexity. Supple red and dark berry flavours provide very good palate coverage and show an energetic character thanks to juicy acidity. This suave, approachable cabernet finishes with very good thrust and persistent sweetness.’
RAY JORDAN, CELLAR TALK, OCTOBER 2014
90 Points: 'Oodles of ripe, lush blackcurrant on the nose of this opulent cabernet from the Barossa. Spicy aromas with dark chocolate nuances. The palate is deep and intense, with huge concentration of fruit. Slight oaky astringency on the finish adds balance and focus. Nice wine with some hearty red meat. Great value for this quality and style.’
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge