Dandelion Vineyards Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Bronze - International Wine Challenge 2016
- TASTING NOTE
An intense, regal purple with bright edges. A good indication as to what is to follow. Scented blueberries, cassis and anise aromas with baking spice, cedar and blackberry notes. Rich, deep, full-flavoured, blueberry, black plums, figs and red berry flavours. Cedar, clove, nutmeg and classic cabernet tannins are softened by smooth, mouth-filling fruit before a really extended finish.
With a prime position overlooking the Finniss River wetland, Stranger`s Reach vineyard is cooled by the maritime influence of the Great Southern Ocean and nearby Lake Alexandrina. Deep alluvial soils and low rainfall help the tough Cabernet vines produce rich flavours in the berries.
Despite a few heat events and a lack of rain in January, McLaren Vale ended up having a gentle ripening period and near perfect conditions for flavour development, thanks to welcome rain and moderated temperatures in February, which freshened up the vines and allowed the grapes to ripen in a steadily pattern. Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends on the 16th of March
Selected bunches were gently crushed into open fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into new and used French and Bulgarian oak barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard.
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