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Baileys of Glenrowan Naturally Dried Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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Cracka Review

Here we have something a little different made from dried grapes. It’s based on the Amarone style wines of Italy, and it is certainly a big mouthful of wine! Aromas of fruitcake, baked spices, mint and mocha decorate the voluptuous nose, whilst the palate is rich and dense, with compact dark fruit and earthy flavours, a pretty solid line of tannins, balanced acidity, and a plush coffee-like finish. It's an intense wine, but not high in alcohol, and would be a great match with braised beef cheeks. 

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is a result of innovation in the pursuit of a quirky rich concentrated dry red table wine similar to those traditionally produced in Italy. Cabernet Sauvignon naturally dried in the vineyard on trellis after cutting the canes and the balance was dried on old wooden racks which is the traditional method employed in Italy.

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Baileys of Glenrowan Naturally Dried Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Uses a modified amaro process, part dried on wooden racks in the winery, part by cane-cut arms in the vineyard. The process had to begin with early intervention, and it is undoubtedly quixotic; I can't cope with the tannins.
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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Follows in the footsteps of Primo Estate's Joseph Moda (the 'Amarone' name discontinued under the EU Wine Agreement) and, of course, Amarone in Italy. The grapes were variously dried on the vine or on wooden racks in the winery for up to 4 weeks; the result is a very complex and powerful wine with black fruits, lots of ripe tannins and licorice. Definitely left field, particularly given the region and the varieties, but works.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
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