2011 Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

shottesbrooke singleVinCabThe fruit for this comes from 26 year-old vines planted in the McLaren Flat subregion of the Vale, at the foothills of the Mount Lofty ranges. A good place to grow Cabernet it would seem. Not the only one in the region either, just quietly.

Blackcurrants and boysenberries and plenty of them. It’s not quite full-bodied and the coolness of the vintage seems to have imparted a spiciness and savouriness which balances the concentration of fruit very well. Distinctly mineral tinged acidity - jaunty but never separate from the flavours on display. Rather minty. Chocolate, capsicum and brown leaf play minor roles and oak is there for support. Impressive persistence. Much to like about the entire package. 92

Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $40
Tasted: June 2013


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2 Responses to 2011 Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Hamish Maguire says:

    Thanks for the great review Jeremy on a wine I am particularly happy with. We have a focus on Cabernet from The Vale and think we have some of the best vineyards of this variety in the district. Sure, the wine certainly has some cooler vintage characters but agree that this works well with the varietal, concentrated fruit…. another example of why cabernet sauvignon is the King of Grapes.

  2. Well, I’m a Chardonnay and Roussanne man myself but I take your point :)

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