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2013 Grant Burge Cameron Vale Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Burge Family history in the Barossa region can be traced back to 1855 so you could say the family has had a fair bit of practice at the art of winemaking. This Cabernet Sauvignon paints a pretty picture too. It’s a rich style of regional Cabernet that would present itself best with lamb. It shows blackcurrant, menthol and cedary spice before soft tannins unfurl across the palate with integrated oak and nicely balanced acids.

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit: A portion of this fruit comes from a vineyard of the same name which was planted between 1971 and 1975 in a fertile area between Lyndoch and Williamstown. The remaining fruit was sourced from other premium vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley’s. Cameron Vale was the name of Grant’s mother’s ancestor’s home in England. The 2013 vintage in the Barossa saw a cool winter with rainfall well below average followed by a dry spring leading to a smaller than normal fruit set and berry size. Although crops were much lower than normal the resulting wines have great colour and impressive structure resulting in very high quality wines.

The winemaking: After crushing and de-stemming, the juice was fermented on skins for 8 to 10 days, with selected parcels of the Eden Valley fruit remaining on skins for up to 30 days post fermentation. This process has allowed maximum flavour and tannin extraction and added structure and texture to this wine. Post fermentation, parcels of the wine was transferred to French oak for 20 months maturation.

The 2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is a true reflection of the vintage conditions. Aromas of pure blackcurrant dominate on the nose, with underlying mulberry and blackberry and hints of licorice and spice. The palate is typical Cabernet with bold, chalky tannins as the backbone, combined with rich black fruit flavours complemented by complex cedar notes that persist on the finish. This is a masculine style of Cabernet, bold in every way! Although drinking well now, with careful cellaring this wine will develop further for 10 plus years. The rich, complex and supple characters of this wine are a delicious match to roast leg of lamb, lamb chops or braised beef.

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2013 Grant Burge Cameron Vale Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Good crimson-purple hue; a decidedly elegant wine, dripping with cassis/blackcurrant and cedary/earthy spices; its length and balance can't be faulted. Exceptional Barossa Valley cabernet.

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