2007 Angove Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Select

Year: 2007
Appellation: Coonawarra Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Overtly herbal, singing of mint on the aromas and flavors, playing that against a lean beam of berry fruit. Stylish, but not for all tastes. Drink now through 2013. 500 cases made." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes:
The grapes for this wine were sourced exclusively from Angove Family Winemakers grower vineyards in Coonawarra. The vines composing the 2007 Vineyard Select Coonawarra Cabernet were lucky to escape the frosts that ravaged the 2007 vintage making this a truly rare wine. The continuing drought brought water restrictions and lead to heavy frosts in August and later in the early part of the growing season. Bud damage and difficult weather during flowering meant that crops across the country were down, in some cases by up to 50%. These low yields ripened well and very early, and grapes were harvested up to a month ahead of the normal picking times.

Winemaking Notes:
The grapes for this wine were picked at night to make sure that they were as cool as possible. Crushed to open fermenters, the grapes were then immediately innoculated and fermented. Some parcels were macerated on skins after dryness for several weeks to extract a richer mouthfeel. Following this, the wines were pressed to French oak hogsheads to undergo malolactic fermentation and maturation. Twenty months later the best parcels were blended to produce this premium wine. Lightly fined using egg white, this wine was then pad filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Inky black in colour, this wine is the aromatic embodiment of Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. Mint, eucalyptus and black currant abound. On the palate, rich fruit and spice swirl across the tongue, finishing with chewy tannins, suggesting years of drinking pleasure.