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2012 The XV Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon


Analysis:
Ale: 13.6%
pH: 3.71
T.A.:6.14

Harvest Vintage:2012

Vineyards:Mclaren Vale

Winemaking/Viticulture:
Mclaren Vale is the forgotten producers of Cab Sav, but in my opinion it is one of the best regions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia. It has a coastal climate which seems to be very important in many of the famous Cabernet Sauvignon regions such as Bordeaux, Margaret River,Coonawarra and Bolgheri in Italy.

Aroma:
The wine has an expressive perfumed nose with oodles of fresh ripe black fruits of the forest aromas along with hints of tobacco and cedar.

Palate:
The palate is silky,even, elegant and long with a unmistakably, dominant varietal flavour of black currants or cassis, if your familiar with it. As usual there is a roasted red capsicum and a hint of peanut. The tannins on the finish are ripe, long and moorish. The alcohol is lower than many modern day McLaren Vale red wines at 13.5% and this allows the wine to have more aromatics, greater freshness and elegance.

Cellaring: The XV Barrels would benefit from 1O+ years cellaring. Decant before serving and enjoy!