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2014 Tim Gramp Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon

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This fulsome little Cab Sauv comes from the cooler-influenced Clare Valley, which means it's not going to be a heavy, ballsy style. It shows typical Cab Sauv scents of blackcurrant and slight leafiness, with just a twist of diced herbs on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fleshy black-fruited flavours, fine lacy tannins, and a lick of toasty oak before the dry, relatively soft finish. It will kick on for a few years, but why not crack a bottle open now with a rich, tomatoey lasagne?

Winemaker's Notes

“I am very excited to announce the new release of the 2014 Tim Gramp Clare Valley Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon – mulberry/cassis, juicy berry flavours, fine tannins and subtle oak... and of course basket pressed with TLC!”
- Tim

Style: A medium to full bodied wine of immense drinkability.

Viticulture: The fruit for this wine was sourced off our own winery vineyard. Soil profile is brown to red loam over limestone. Yield was 1.3 tonnes/acre.

Vinification: Despite a hot burst of weather from January to mid-February, the season changed for the better to mild heat days and cool nights. A significant rain event in mid-February provided a much welcome relief to the vines and allowed for ideal ripening conditions, eventuating in good flavour profiles. The grapes were harvested in early April and fermented on skins through to dryness in static stainless steel fermenters. Traditional time honoured basket pressing has helped to give a good mid palate structure and length of flavour.

Tasting Notes: This Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced off our own winery vineyard. Exhilarating mulberry/cassis and herbaceous aromas. Juicy berry flavours give depth to the mid palate balanced with fine tannins and subtle oak. This round and voluptuous style is a result of time honoured basket pressing, finishing with good length of flavour.

Cellaring Potential: 6 – 8 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2014 Tim Gramp Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A savoury/earthy expression of Cabernet, the bouquet and medium-bodied palate both delivering the same message; its strengths lie in its structure and length, both of prime importance for the variety.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good hue; attractive, medium-bodied wine, with both regional and varietal typicity; the blackcurrant fruit has ripe, gently earthy tannins in support; good line, length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Some of this region's producers are the experts at making well-priced cabernet; Tim Gramp is one of them. This needed to be held back because it's solid and strong and in need of some time to soften. It's just starting to do that now. It tastes of dark leather, blackcurrant, beef stock and tar, though all these flavours carry a light blanket of sawdusty, vanillin oak. Excellent red to knock back over the next few years.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; cedary, earthy bottle-developed characters starting to emerge alongside a splash of redcurrant; balanced tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; earthy/savoury aromas; an austere palate with a quite dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
High pH colour; earthy/savoury/austere end of the spectrum; medium-bodied, with a core of black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the relatively light bouquet has a range of earthy/leafy/berry aromas, characters which come through on the light to medium-bodied palate, where they are joined by touches of mint and chocolate.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean but somewhat light bouquet has savoury /leafy notes to the fore, replaced by redcurrant/red berry fruit on entry to the mouth, before finishing a little sharpish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; very strong vanilla American oak thrusts its way through the bouquet; the wine has fair structure and balance, but the fruit is overwhelmed by that oak
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
81

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