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Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic production of Los Vascos, and is the grape that made the estate famous. The vintages all share a mature and fruity quality, fresh aromas, and a supple and fleshy structure.
nextSectionThis wine has a sparkling ruby red colour and a pleasantly fruity nose with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and plums, all with a hint of spice. This is a silky, flavourful wine, with a supple tannin structure. A great classic.
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nextSectionA soft and elegant nose, reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream is cunningly paid off with the mellow taste of roasted grains and charred oak-finishing with pleasing hints of spice and brown sugar.
The predominant soils are Malmesbury Shale. These soils have a surprisingly good moisture retention capability which allows for dry-land farming in this relatively warm and dry area. The vineyards are a combination of traditional bush-vines and trellised blocks.
The grapes were hand-picked and then fermented over 7 days in stainless steel tanks.
nextSectionThe shiraz portion was lightly wooded for softer mouth-feel. The wine was made in a fruit-forward, soft style. Cinsault was added for additional red berry fruit flavors, and Mourvedre brings texture and spice. A touch of viognier was added to soften the tannins and for its floral aromas. The wine was fined and filtered before bottling.
A blend of 81% Shiraz, 10.5% Cinsault, 6.5% Mourvedre, and 2% Viognier
Nose: Caramel, there’s a curry-like spice smell to it, sweet tea, when I go back there’s a heavy burnt sugar note
Taste: Orange peel, banana sweetness, lighter flavors than expected from a cask strength, charred corn
Finish: A little short but lots of warm apples and spice
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