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2012 Cascabel Carignan

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Winemaker's Notes

Winemaking: All grapes are hand picked and brought to our winery, where full bunch press (white wines), small open fermenters (red wines), gentle plunging the skins during fermentation, warm ferments, whole bunches, stalks, wild ferments, extended maceration and many other options are used to some extent in our wines. To extract the right tannins we extend maceration for up to 4 weeks and while this may sacrifice fruitiness we gain better palate structure. French oak Puncheons (500 Litre barrels) are used for all reds.

All wines are bottled on the premises, with our equipment. The ability to do everything in house and to keep full control over the quality is our main strength. At this level of production, the care and individual attention to each wine can be maintained.

Wine Analysis: Alc 14.5%

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2012 Cascabel Carignan

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; still distinctly savoury, but there are red fruits to be enjoyed; here, too, Cascabel has decided to release it as a single varietal wine; 12 months in used puncheons was all that the wine required.
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Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
Cascabel planted their carignan in 2001 and this is the first time it has been released as a stand alone wine, rather than being used in their Tipico blend. The wine spends 12 months in old French oak barrels. And though carignan is mostly known for its Rhone reputation, it is of course also mazuelo and carinena in Spain, where Cascabel derive some of their inspiration from. There’s a comely sweetness to the perfume, musk and ripe forest berries set themselves high in scent. There’s a floral hint too. It’s so succulent to taste, rippling with concentrated fruit, showing choc-tinged, smooth, puckering tannins, finishing glossy and long with a lick of sweetness. It’s hedonistic, but moreish – you want to drink a heap of this, and there’s enough spice/tannin/structure for further interest. It’s not overly complex, but it is delicious.
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