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2014 CC208 Cabernet Sauvignon *


Cabernet Sauvignon grows in ideal conditions on the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard thanks to the combined influence of elevation, aspect, prevailing winds, weather and ancient soils. The CC208 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the pinnacle of our vineyard's excellence, meticulously selected from the finest blocks of old contoured vines. With its rich and concentrated fruit flavours and robust tannins, this wine captures the essence of the land it hails from. 



The Winter rainfall nourished the vines then dropped off significantly for the unseasonably dry and windy Spring. A late Fall rain slowed the ripening of the vineyard resulting in a further week and a half of hangtime, bringing excellent tannin ripeness and allowed harvest to occur in a relatively cool weather pattern in 2014. Overall, a terrific result in the wines proving McLaren Vale’s strength as a viticulture growing region.

Block 208 - 0.73-hectare contoured planting from 1973. Elevation 220- 240m. A relatively shallow soil. Brown, yellowish-red, silty light clay with greater than 50% siltstone fragments and a layer of subsoil with over 50% quartz fragments, all sitting over a bedrock of pale-yellow siltstone. Cabernet harvested 7 March 2014.

Handpicked from old, contoured block 208, destemmed and whole berry sorted with light berry breaking to open fermentation. 4-day cold soak, pumped over daily with approximately 21 days on skins. Basket pressed with light pressings added back to free-run, hard pressings separate. Matured in 100% new French oak barriques for 15 months.


Nose: Bright red cherry, super floral rose petal, blueberry pie. Palate: savory fruit, black tea, faint tomato, tannins are still quite prevalent. - Chris Carpenter, Winemaker

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