This Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet was grown in the family's pride and joy, overlooking the Finniss River wetlands, Tony Brooks and Prof. Barbara Santich's dry grown Stranger's Reach vineyard cooled by the Great Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandrina where low rainfall and deep alluvial soils encourage Cabernet to populate or perish.
Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends in the third week of March and gently crushed into open top fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into some new but predominately older French Oak Barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled with minimal winemaking artifact, to capture the essence of the vineyard and will reward cellaring and decanting.
Vale Evelyn (gran) Phillips nee Walker vintage 1921-2010.
Dark purple and near-impenetrable with a very bright purple-violet rim edge. It looks like it is made to last.
Classic cabernet aromatics running the gamut from fresh mid-season blueberries to a freshly opened bottle of cassis. There’s a blackberry and aniseed aromatic edge, too, and then some faint, over-wafting cedar spice from prudent French oak use.
That oak’s hand-joined and turned framing supports the finest fruit display: pure cabernet sauvignon blackberry and blueberry flavours complete with the additional structure of drying tannins. This red wine’s fruit weight makes it lavish and rich in the mid-palate, but then more late-gifting tannin stretches out the wine, extending the back-palate on and on.
This red wine’s balance makes it enjoyably drinkable now, say with rich red meat stews. Given 5 years or even a decade it will have reached a stage of benevolent maturity where a simple Irish Hot Pot or even Steak and Kidney Pudding would be welcome. Steamed cabbage, of course.
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