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THE NAME The wine takes its name from a 40 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill ...Read more...
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THE NAME The wine takes its name from a 40 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill that is now home to the estate vineyards. The hut-like entrance to the Lime Cave is depicted in the Maxwell of McLaren Vale logo. Above this cave, on the crest of the hill, there are 19 rows of “Reynella Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Planted in 1972, these vines originate from those brought into South Australia by John Reynell over 150 years ago. VINTAGE CONDITIONS The growing season was fairly mild, with several rain showers in December and January creating concern regarding vine disease. However minimal and welltimed spray programmes avoided any damage. White varietals looked particularly lively with great flavours, while flavour ripeness in the reds occurred at lower sugar levels compared to previous years. Resultant wines are showing very rich, powerful and concentrated flavours without excessive alcohol or jamminess. COLOUR AND AROMA The colour is dense red-black with purple highlights. Perfumed violets intermingle with aromas of blackberry, cedar and spice. PALATE The rich palate offers intense blackcurrant and sweet forest fruits, giving luscious fruit weight and a mouth-filling presence. Underneath these primary flavours is a light earthiness and a hint of sweet cigar smoke. Maturation in French oak provides a well balanced spicy note. Fine tannins persist and provide good palate length. CELLARING POTENTIAL Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars beyond 10 years. TECHNICAL NOTES Varietal composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Alcohol: 14.9% alc./vol. Region (GI): McLaren Vale Total acidity: 8.10 g/L pH: 3.33
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