Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol; 2003-2004 -13.0% vol
Winemaker Pat Tocaciu
Burton Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (2003 to 2004)
Grapes from the best vineyards in the Coonawarra were used to make wines showing distinctive regional and varietal characters. Two years in both French and American Oak has added great complexity to these grapes to make a truly premium wine. The rich berry fruit palate is well balanced with a long acid tannin finish, hallmarks of 'the King of Grapes" from Australia'stop growing region.
Careful cellaring has integrated the fruit and oak and soften the tanin and acid making all the wines drinking at their peak.
Look for the classic characters of a Coonawarra Cabernet of mint, eucalyptus, cigar, blackcurrant tobacco.
2003 was one of the driest on record and this led to low yields with the resultant fruit having vibrant colour and intense flavours. The wine was fermented in primarily new French oak which gives it a wonderful silky mouth feel.
The bouquet shows an explosion of ripe berry fruit with added complexity from the French oak. These characters follow through onto the palate where the silky mouth feel adds to the finesse and elegance of this wine.
2004 has been recognized as one of the best vintages in recent times. A slow, lengthy ripening period produced perfect growing conditions and intense flavoured grapes. Matched with top winemaking and the finest oak, a great vintage has produced this outstanding wine.
Bottle maturation has brought a wonderful harmony to the wine with a smooth flow of flavours from the bouquet to the clean long intense finish.