2012 Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa Valley, South Australia
A yummy, medium- to full-bodied, dark red cherry flavored Cabernet with hints of what we think of as Barossa Valley spice - a kind of peppery dark chocolate - combining very happily with soft tannins on the finish. Terrific with grilled or smoked meats and roasted eggplant.
$26.09 as part of a mixed case.
12+ bottles available.
"2012 was an excellent vintage, with a long growing season allowing more balanced vines. The grapes from our Estate were picked and crushed into our concrete open fermenters, having a 24-hour cold soak before inoculation. Heading down boards were utilised after two days to keep the cap submerged, making finer tannin extraction without harsh phenols. Splashing-over of the wine helped increase oxygen and circulation through the skins. The wine was then pressed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and racked three times over the next 18 months, before final blending and bottling. The 2012 shows the classic Barossa Cabernet characteristics of blackberries, cassis and beetroot earthiness and is drinking well today but will cellar well for 10+ years. 14.5% alc."
"91 pts ... Deep garnet-purple in color and packed with vibrant cassis and warm blueberry notes mixed together with underlying spice cake and vanilla hints, the medium to full-bodied 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is quite structured in the mouth by firm, fine tannins and lively acidity. It finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2022."
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