2014 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright red with a purple hue on release. Lifted blackcurrant balances the fresh herb characters on the nose. A hint of eucalyptus is evident. The palate has bright currant characters throughout. Spice and chocolate add to the complexity of the wine. The tannins are ripe and grainy and give the wine good structure.
Harvest was carried out at night. Once destemmed the fruit was pumped over 2 or 3 times daily depending on colour, tannin and flavour extraction. The must was pressed after 6-8 days, malolactic fermentation was carried out in tank prior to French oak mat-uration for 10 to 12 months depending on the parcel. Post blending minimal fining and filtration were used.
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.
Top 100/Blue Gold at 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition
Silver at 2015 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2015 Royal Perth Wine Show
95 Points - Sourced from St Kitts (Northern Barossa), Milton Park (Eden Valley) and Kabininge (Barossa Valley floor) Vineyards; an elegant Cabernet, the touch of dark chocolate comes as a surprise, but not the blackcurrant fruit and fine-grained, cedary tannins. Great value.
The Wine Front
90 Points – Varietal cabernet, in a good place. Plush and sweet-fruited but with dusty tones. It fills the mouth with dark-fruited flavour but stretches out through the finish too. Value is high.
Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016
17.0/20 - Very full, very dark, black-hued red with garnet on the rim. The nose is elegant with intense and softly concentrated aromas of blackcurrants and cassis entwined with layers of mint and eucalypt and chocolatey detail. This has varietal clarity in the expression. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of blackcurrant, cassis, fresh herbs and eucalypt are soft, but densely packed, forming a weighty core. The fruit is encased by soft, supple, but substantial tannin structure. The palate grows in grip and dryness as it carries to a lingering finish of blackcurrants and mint. This is a softly packed Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant and minty flavours and a full, well-extracted mouthfeel. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 4+ years. Fruit from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10-12 months in French oak.
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge