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2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Region
Mudgee, NSW   robert-stein-reserve-cabernet-sauvignon-nv-low-res.jpg  

Variety
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Conditions:  2008 was a cooler than normal vintage, with cloud cover allowing a long ripening period. Although the grapes were in good condition, and with little rain, the Cabernet was picked in early April because of the cooler conditions

Winemaking: This Reserve Cabernet is a true expression of our 32 year old vineyard, planted by my Grandfather in 1976. With a cooler vintage, we really had to try hard with the fruit in the winery. The fruit was fermented in small traditional open fermenters with gentle hand plunging at regular intervals, then matured in new and one year old French oak hogsheads. Prior to bottling the wine was lightly clarified using egg whites and then minimally filtered.

Tasting Notes:  A deep garnet red colour, the wine exhibits classic cabernet characters, rich and complex with flavours of mint, spice and black cherry.  The large portion of new oak supports the firm tannins and spicy coffee and cedar notes.  This reserve Cabernet has great life ahead, maybe even 15 years, and we recommend decanting before serving.

Analysis:  

• Alcohol 13.5%

• Residual Sugar 0.2 g/L

• Titratible acidity 5.5