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Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

RRP (750 mL)
$60.00
750 mL
$60.00
6 x 750 mL
$360.00

Overview

Overview

The Reserve Cabernet was first made in 1992 and in most years is sourced from fruit grown on the thirty year old Coldstream Hills G Block. As a later maturing variety, Cabernet Sauvignon requires careful site selection with north facing hillside slopes being preferable.

Nuances of dark chocolate and nutmeg spice enhance the wine which are supported by seamless French oak. Layered and textural, the palate finishes with a characteristic fine-grained tannin profile.

Silky and concentrated, this wine displays the essence of cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon and will reward careful cellaring for at least fifteen years.

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Now - 2032
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

96 points Campbell Mattinson
Bronze 2018 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show

Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion

“Both a textbook and a beautiful example of Yarra Valley cabernet. It's gently briary, but its core is pure mid-weight blackcurrant with forest berry notes and slips of oak. Tannin winds through the back half of the wine and length is exemplary. At all points it feels ripe and well fruited. This will age superbly. ”

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Lamb
Duck
Pasta
Veg
Spicy Food

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Ripe and vibrant with regional blackberry, leaf and cassis characters. Secondary notes of cedar oak, dark chocolate and nutmeg/clove spice are evident which both enhance the wine and add complexity.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style with ripe characters of blackberry, dark cherry and cassis. Nuances of dark chocolate and nutmeg spice enhance the wine and are supported by seamless French oak. Layered and textural, the palate finishes with a characteristic chalky tannin profile.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

An un-seasonally warm Spring led to early budburst and fruit set. Vigorous canopies produced above average yields. Dry, favourable conditions ensued with rapid fruit ripening and an uncharacteristically compressed vintage. The vintage produced fruit of high quality, with wines generous in depth and flavour.

The Reserve Cabernet is made using a number of techniques, including fermentation in small open fermenters and a portion undergoing extended maceration. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is matured in new and used French oak barrels for a period of sixteen months.

Andrew Fleming - Chief Winemaker

Growing up in wine country Mildura, at just 13 years of age, Andrew attempted to make his own wine; the end result was undrinkable, his father’s shed a shambles, but the winemaking seed was sown. 
After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, Andrew spent two years at Mildara in Coonawarra before heading to Bordeaux where he furthered his winemaking qualifications with a Diplome National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. Since then he’s completed vintages at the iconic Chateau Haut Brion in Bordeaux, several vintages in Languedoc, in addition to completing a vintage at Matanzas Creek winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. For six years Andrew was a Winemaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery and in 1996, became the Winery Manager of Seppelt in Great Western; providing the perfect segue for his current role as Chief Winemaker Coldstream Hills which he has held since 2001.