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Alpha Crucis By Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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Sometimes the stars align for winemakers, vintage conditions, exceptional plots of fruit and a touch of winemaking alchemy all contribute to making wines that are out of this world. The Alpha Crucis is named after the brightest star in the Southern Cross and is a testament to the McLaren Vale at its best with some celestial guidance from a star winemaker. What proper Cabernet should smell like, cassis and spice before an elegantly layered palate of black fruits and fine tannins before an infinitely long finish. A star in the making.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Dense purple with red hues.

Aromatics: Brooding dark berries with plum and spice notes. Hint of bitter dark chocolate.

Palate: Dark berries, saturated plums, layers of spice and dark chocolate combine on the palate, Dense and concentrated with a long fine finish. Decant on opening in the first 5 years.

Cellaring: Will reward cellaring for 5-8 years or more.

Selected from 2 premium vineyards within the Seaview sub region of McLaren Vale. The first parcel being from the Chalk Hill Winery Old block and 2nd parcel coming from the Gateway Vineyard.

Both parcels were fermented separately. The Winery Old was fermented in an open fermenter with extended time on skins, whilst the Gateway parcel received a long cold soak. Both parcels were gently pressed and matured in large format new and 2nd use French Oak for up to 20 months. The wine was bottled in December 2010 without fining and filtration.

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Alpha Crucis By Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; reaffirms the bond between McLaren Vale and cabernet sauvignon; here blackcurrant fruit, with a subtext of earth and bitter chocolate, has great length, focus and concentration, yet retaining elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 2012

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