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Shingleback Cabernet Davey Estate

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McLaren Vale magic is the best way to describe the Cabernet of the region and here it’s on show in all its rich and flavoursome glory. It’s as reassuring as a firm handshake and as generous as a bear hug, which means it’s a good pairing with snag sandwiches and the footy. This is nicely structured with a core of blackcurrant aromas with hints of cedar and chocolate subtle oak. The palate shows that trademark generosity while tannins add elegance.

Winemaker's Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon (predominantly clones LC10 and CW44), grown on both red and black soils over limestone on the Davey Estate Vineyard, are selected for this wine. Partial cold soaking prior to fermentation maximises the fragrance of the finished wine. Extended fermentation time on skins helps to capture the essence of the fruit and gives a silky but firm tannin finish. Maturation for an average of 14 months in fine-grained French, Central European and American oak hogsheads, softens, enhances and integrates the fruit and structural components of the wine.

Tasting Note:

Deep magenta in colour. Chocolate, black cherry and blackberry aromas with an undercurrent of mint. The rich, dark berry mid-palate fruit is tightly framed with soft, ripe tannins and the minerality of the soil that nurtures the vines. The fine-grained French and Central European oak add complexity, further enhancing the presence and structure of the wine.


Gold medal – 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, USA

Silver medal - 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 22

Silver medal – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 53

Silver medal - 2012 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium

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Shingleback Cabernet Davey Estate

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Retains bright colour; a complex wine with black fruits, tannins and quality oak seamlessly fused; notes of cedar and a hint of dark chocolate add to the flavour spectrum; especially praiseworthy are the ripe, soft tannins.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Generous food wine with dusty nose and juicy, well-balanced palate.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Shingleback is named after the lizards that live 'happily among the vines' (according to the back label) ... mind your fingers! Lacks the oomph of last yearês release but it has such a sense of succulence that we doubt anyone will care. It sure does drink well. Blueberries and plums, dusty notes, game and old toast (yes, specifically, old toast). It's beautifully presented and lovely to drink.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
One of the consistent performers in the McLaren Vale cabernet stakes, Shingleback has a knack for this generous and approachable take on cabernet. Oozes dark ripe berry fruits and plenty of fleshy presence on the palate. Tannins slide through smoothly and the oak's buried deep.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
John and Kate Davey picked up the Jimmy Watson Trophy with their previous vintage D Block Cabernet, so this wine has excellent pedigree. It's a terrific, approachable McLaren Vale cabernet that is aromatic, has ripe, concentrated blackcurrant flavours, richness and power - lushly fruity.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Squeaky clean fruit, showing a touch of cassis and redcurrant; juicy and fine on entry, with attractive sweet fruit touch of cassis and redcurrant; juicy and fine on entry, with attractive sweet fruit and plenty of fine-grained tannin
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Stalky cassis nose with some cedary oak opens up to a rich licorice palate with firm, full tannins.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Shingleback is named after the lizards that live 'happily among the vines' (according to the back label)... you learn something every day. Substantial red. It benefits greatly from an hour in the decanter too. Tastes of thick, juicy blueberry, mocha and blackcurrant and has a smooth but robust texture. Chocolatey oak adds richness and, while it's not the most persistent wine, there's enough here to fully satisfy.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Shows more regional dark chocolate than the Reserve, perhaps because a little riper; very savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Rich and ripe, flush with juicy blackcurrant fruit and a touch of dark chocolate; soft tannins; just a touch sweet (not from residual sugar).
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; blackcurrant, blackberry and a touch of chocolate; firm tannins, but should soften.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Blackcurrant, cedar, olive and bitter chocolate; good texture and depth; ditto oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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