2012 William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon
On release the wine is deep red in colour with a red/purple hue. The wine is lifted and varietal. Lifted cassis leafy undertones, spice and coffee add to the wines complexity. The wine is elegant with silky long tannin and a good acid backbone. Red currant and cassis primary fruit characters are evident through the palate. Subtle French oak characters of cinnamon , cream and hints of tobacco add to the palate structure. The wines tannins are evident but supple. The wine has long persistence on the palate.
The fruit was harvested at night. Fermentation was carried out in a variety of small capacity fermenters. After pressing the parcels were filled to French oak for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.
The wine was matured in a temperature controlled barrel hall for 16 months in French hogsheads (barrels).
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.
Gold at 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold at 2015 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Silver at 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition
Bronze at 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition
JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016
97 Points - 'Eden Valley, cabernet sauvignon and '12 is a potent combination, with guaranteed success, but excels itself in this wine with its joyous display of cassis, superfine tannins and all-encompassing freshness.'
THE WINE FRONT, CAMPBELL MATTISON, NOVEMBER 2014
95 Points - ‘Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon for the cellar? We have a contender. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had here, as a young wine. But I would say that there’s a wealth of enjoyment in store, for the patient. It’s a dry, sinewy wine, as much about sinewy wine, as much about structure as fruit, with fresh, dusty, tangy herbs threaded through boysenberried, cranberried, currant fruit. Oak has integrated terrifically well and the tangy, almost spritzy nature of the fruit gives it a keen sense of life. It’s not a huge wine, but it will unfold both slowly and majestically.’
14.5 % v/v