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"A splendidly composed Cabernet" Wine Orbit

"Showing crème de cassis, plum, vanillin oak & subtle dried herb characters" Wine Orbit

Great alongside roasted or other cooked beetroot dishes

Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Australia)

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$14.99p/Btl
Elsewhere $17.99 $15.64
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21
Awarded Gold Medal Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 93/100 Points
Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Australia)

Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Australia)

Member rating / 11
McLaren Vale is renowned as a premium wine region of great beauty that consistently produces high quality, richly flavoured wines...
$14.99p/Btl
Elsewhere $17.99 $15.64
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21

Accolades

Awarded 93/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2019

Awarded Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2019

Description

"This is a splendidly composed cabernet showing crème de cassis, plum, vanillin oak and subtle dried herb characters on the nose. It is mouthfilling and succulent on the palate with excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, backed by fine-grained tannins, finishing long and satisfying. At its best: now to 2026" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2019

Deep purple-red. Primary aromas of cassis and cherry are highlighted with nuances of bay leaf and cocoa. The luscious blackcurrant, chocolate and Turkish delight flavours are defined and focused by the structural elements of grape tannins and oak, into the long finish.

The region has a Mediterranean climate with wet Winters, dry Summers and plenty of sunshine. The proximity to St Vincent Gulf, coincidentally named after the patron saint of winemakers, benefits fruit quality with warmer spring and autumn conditions and cooler summers. McLaren Vale is renowned as a premium wine region of great beauty that consistently produces high quality, richly flavoured wines.

After a dry start to Winter the region saw good rainfall, ending up 10% above the long term averages, flushing and filling soil profiles to saturation. Although a mid-September bud burst was later than recent vintages it was in line with long term averages. Spring rainfall was well below average, resulting in low disease pressure. Average day and night spring temperatures were close to record highs, resulting in steady vine shoot growth, catching up some ground after the later bud burst. 10mm of rain on December 1st and another 15 mm on December 15th, freshening the vines during early berry development. With only 6 mm of rain in January and 5 mm in February summer rainfall ended up only two thirds of the average. Drier and warmer than average conditions continued through March and April resulting in a disease free and orderly progression to vintage, allowing time for the potential of each batch of grapes to be maximised in the winery.

Harvest started with Semillon on February 6th and our McLaren Vale white and rosé blocks were all off by February 19th when the first Davey Estate Shiraz was picked. Shiraz harvest, other than a small parcel for fortified, was completed on March 24th and Cabernet Sauvignon soon after on March 29th, just before Easter. Mataro, the last of the Grenache and Shiraz for fortification were harvested after Easter with all fruit in by April 5th. The 2018 white and rosé wines are richly flavoured with good length. The reds are full bodied and deeply coloured, showing intense fruit flavour with big round chewy tannins. Simply an outstanding vintage with the promise to be rated as one of the great years for McLaren Vale.

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4.5 Stars

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Very good,and velvety

Heather - 07/06/2020

Very nice

Ruth - 15/04/2020

Good price. Nice wine.

Traci - 06/04/2020

Nice flavour grey wine

Jason - 26/11/2019


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