By all accounts the 2012 Coonawarra Vintage is described as “excellent” by all winemakers. Good winter rains resulted in a full soil moisture profile. These optimal growing conditions, along with an early burst of warmth, meant the vines started their growing cycle a couple of weeks early. The lack of frost and small but frequent rains maintained the early growing season. January was very dry with only 3mm of rain for the month. The dryer than normal conditions progressed into February leading to a very rapid accumulation of sugars in the berries. As the reds reached 10 to 12 Baume, a period of very cool nights and mild but warm days set in effectively slowing the ripening process. Overall the tonnages were below average but quality is very pleasing. The end result a Cabernet Sauvignon that is highly coloured, concentrated and varietal and promises to be a vintage to collect.
With strong vibrant red and purple hues, this wine displays a bouquet of berry and violet flower aromas combined with spicy cedar box and soothing cocoa from well integrated oak. On the palate the concentrated plum and blackcurrant flavours along with rich chocolate and liquorice show pure varietal characters. The subtle oak characters and fine dusty tannins contribute to a complex and elegant wine with cellaring potential of least 10 years
Tasting Notes: 2012 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon