Handpicked Wines Regional Selection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
93 POINT HALLIDAY RATED COONAWARRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON FROM 5 RED STAR WINERY
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- 93 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY
- 5 RED STAR HALLIDAY RATED WINERY
- PREVIOUS VINTAGE 93 POINTS SAM KIM WINE ORBIT
- HAND PICKED WINES HAVE BEEN RATED 97 POINTS BY JAMES HALLIDAY
With trademark aromas of dark fruit and choc-mint and a concentrated palate of concentrated dark fruits balanced by leafy freshness and firm tannins, this is classic Coonawarra.
93 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
"Mild ripening conditions during the '16 vintage have contributed to a svelte and confident young cabernet. Coonawarra trademark blackberry fruit is ably supported by plum, violets, dried herbs and vanilla pod. Classy oak on the palate is balanced and smooth. Rose petal, licorice and a delicate leafiness lead to a satisfying finish."
The 2016 season was warm throughout Australian wine regions and Coonawarra followed the pattern of dry, warm weather and an early vintage. Not considered typically maritime, Coonawarra is nonetheless not far from the coast and cool breezes off a seasonal upwelling in the Great Australian Bight gave relief over January. Cool conditions kicked in towards the end of the season, suiting the late-ripening Cabernet, which was allowed a good hang time to develop full ripeness and flavour complexity.
The vines are a selection of locally developed Coonawarra clones and are aged between 20 and 50 years. The fruit was picked in late March, about two weeks ahead of the long-term average. The wine was aged for 15 months in a mix of old and new oak, mostly French.
Coonawarra, South Australia
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