The irrepressible energy of this brand more than matches the quality of the wines that are stylishly made by the very talented Elena Brooks. The brand actually has no winery but cherry picks the best fruit from vineyards from all over South Australia to make the wines they want. This Cabernet is one just example, using Fleurieu fruit to give it a distinctive edge. It’s imbued with black currants and cedar as well as notes of spice. The palate delivers all the nose promises as well as structured tannins, mouth-filling fruit and great persistence.
Appearance: An intense, regal purple with bright edges. A good indication as to what is to follow.
Nose: Scented blueberries, cassis and anise aromas with baking spice, cedar and blackberry notes.
Palate: Rich, deep, full-flavoured, blueberry, black plums, figs and red berry flavours. Cedar, clove, nutmeg and classic Cabernet tannins softened by smooth, mouth-filling fruit before a really extended finish.
Cellaring: Certainly great to drink now but will reward cellaring for up 5 to 10 years. This wine will stand up to practically any full-flavoured dish.
Winemaking: This Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet was grown in the family’s pride and joy, overlooking the Finniss River wetlands, Tony Brooks and Prof. Barbara Santich’s dry grown Stranger’s Reach vineyard cooled by the Great Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandrina where low rainfall and deep alluvial soils encourage Cabernet to ‘populate or perish’.
Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends on March 16th and gently crushed into open top fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into some new but predominately older French Oak Barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard and will reward cellaring and decanting.