2015 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon

Comments

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.

Vinification Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to  April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from Mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.

 

Harvested

March 2015

Top 100 & Blue Gold at 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition

Silver at 2016 IWSC

Bronze at 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show

18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a firmly concentrated and deep nose with aromas of fresh blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, along with cassis liqueur, harmoniously melded with mint herb nuances. The fruit is expressed with clarity. Full-bodied, the palate is sweetly ripe with well concentrated flavours of blackcurrants and cassis liqueur. The fruit richnessis balanced and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. Soft, piquant acidity enlivens the fruit, and the wine carries along a positive line, leading to a long and sustained finish of sweet blackcurrant fruit balanced by dry textures. This is a well-structured, sweetly ripe blackcurrant and cassis fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with firm tannin grip and a positive, lingering finish. Match with roast lamb and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years.

Region : 

Barossa

Vineyards : 

St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge

Bottled : 

April 2016

Alcohol : 

14.5 %

Tasting Notes