B3 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

VINTAGE REPORT

The 2011 Vintage very challenging as the growing season was wetter than average.  Summer saw well above average rainfall and much cooler temperatures slowing the rate of ripening and delaying harvest. Incessant rains caused mildew and botrytis to grow in some regions, but with careful vineyard management and selective hand harvesting the vintage was very successful with lower yields but good quality fruit.  The cool summer and autumn produced very interesting wines showing finesse and elegance, with Shiraz and Mourvedre offering more pepper and spice than usual and Cabernet Sauvignon displaying excellent varietal character.

TASTING NOTE

Vibrant fruit characters showing lifts of mint, herbs, chocolate and black plum.  Stylish and elegant with a core of cedar like oak showing through but well balanced. Tannins that linger with a persistence that glides across the mouth.

VINEYARDS

The fruit comes from several different vineyards situated on the Barossa Valley floor. The vineyards range from 25 to 35 years old and yield on average 3t/acre.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Alcohol % / Volume 14.5%

GRAPES

100% Cabernet