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2011 Orange Super Premium Cabernet Blend Cleanskin

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Those who think Orange in NSW is too cool for Cabernet, think again. The region is more than capable of producing a decent Cab Sauv, and this blend is no exception. It displays fragrant aromas of dark-berried fruits with a touch of tobacco on the nose. The palate is more medium-bodied with a ripe plummy centre, finely grained tannins and a dry, decent length. It's drinking well now, and would match barbecued spare ribs perfectly.

Winemaker's Notes

The 10 hectare vineyard a Gordon Hills Estate was established in 1999 and is perfectly located on the northern slops of Mount Canobolas.

At a height of 900 metres above sea level the vineyard is perfectly located to produce cool climate wine.

The fruit was hand-picked, crushed and de-stemmed then placed into open fermenters.

Naturally fermented by wild yeast and macerated on skins for four weeks.

The wine was transferred to small French oak using 25% new barrels.

Aromatic with soft and delicate dark fruit flavours the wine is delicious now but will repay cellaring to 15 years or beyond.

The wine has a blend of: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Cabernet Franc 19%, Merlot 21%.

Alc/vol: 13.6%

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2011 Orange Super Premium Cabernet Blend Cleanskin

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
A 60/19/21% blend from the vineyard sitting at 900m; de-stemmed and open-fermented and macerated on skins for 4 weeks, and pressed to French barriques (25% new). The hue is bright, light crimson-purple, and the only thing missing is more conviction to the fruit and tannin mix - not surprising in the context of the vintage.

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