D'Arenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Coppermine Road runs parallel to our very best Cabernet vineyard in McLaren Vale, just metres from the winery, cellar door and restaurant.
2008 is a tale of two vintages for red wines in McLaren Vale. Winter rain ensured the soil reached filled capacity and set the vines up perfectly with healthy balanced canopies. A normal spring and an unseasonably cool January and February meant most vines remained stress free. Flavour ripeness was achieved at reasonably low sugar levels and high natural acidity for early picked parcels. A sustained heat wave in early March accelerated ripeness and picking. However, The Coppermine Road only receives the finest parcels, most of which were picked before the heatwave, therefore reflecting the best part of the 2008 vintage.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
The nose is dark and alluring with varietal cassis, edges of tobacco and a beautiful leafiness that flows into more delicate notes of violet. The nose is fiercely varietal with complexity that draws you back for another look. The palate is focused with a sweet fruit core of blackcurrant and wild berries that are dense and concentrated. The darker edges on the nose deliver on the palate and give the wine a deeper dimension with notes of dark chocolate. There is a lovely graphite texture and flavour that runs through the palate before the powdery and chalky tannins kick in for a very long finish. The fruit tannins are wonderfully alive and give considerable structure to the wine. There is a staggering intensity to the palate, yet the wine remains in balance with immense structure from the lively fruit tannins. This wine will age well for up to two decades, providing immense joy along the journey.