Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Colour: Medium depth red with crimson edge. Bouquet: A strongly varietal nose, displaying lifted cassis fruit flavours and leafy accents, supported by subtle cedar and spice notes. Palate: A full-bodied palate with rich blackcurrant, plum and dark berry fruit flavours, balanced acidity and smoothly structured tannins leading to an elegant and persistent finish. Serving suggestion: Enjoy with beef fillet or a marinated roast leg of lamb.
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Vintage Conditions: The lead up to the 2011 vintage was excellent. The generous rainfall during the winter of 2010 meant that the soil profiles were nice and full for the growing season. This in turn meant the vines were in great shape for the season with nice canopies protecting the fruit from the summer sun. Healthy canopy cover for the Sauvignon Blanc fruit ensures the beautiful fresh tropical characters are maintained throughout ripening, and elongates the ripening period for Cabernet Sauvignon to yield balanced acidity and fine structure. Winemaking: Great effort was taken at each stage to retain and maximise the natural varietal flavours produced in the vineyards, and the two varietal wines kept separate until the final stage of blending.The Sauvignon Blanc fruit was harvested in the cool of the night. After crushing, the fresh soft clean juice was separated quickly to minimise skin contact, then clarified prior to being cool fermented using specially selected yeast strains to enhance the varietal flavours of Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from Coonawarra and harvested on 29th March 2011 then crushed to a small static fermenter. Fermentation on skins was initiated with neutral yeast to preserve varietal characters, and then took place on skins at relatively cool temperaturesto retain the fresh varietal leafy cassis flavours. The wine was pressed off skins and then spent a short time in selected French oak hogsheads to mature. Finally the Sauvignon Blanc was combined with approximately 25% Cabernet Sauvignon to create a new light style red wine in this unique Cool Harvest Sauvignon Cabernet blend.
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