2018 Gnadenberg Road Cabernet Sauvignon Refosco

Awards: 90 Points Halliday, Silver Winestate Magazine

Vineyard:

The Garden & Field site is spectacular; it takes in a landscape of rolling hills with neighbouring vineyards spotted in the distance. Planted on own roots with rows facing east to west in the northern tip of Barossa’s Eden Valley. Traditions of the past are honoured; the site is non- irrigation and hand crafted from vine to wine. Set in Barossa’s high country landscape at an elevation of 390m, the terroir consists of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over red clay & limestone. An annual rainfall of approx. 494mm.

The Cabernet Sauvignon & Refosco grapes grow alongside each other covering less than a hectare. The Refosco vine cuttings were sourced interstate and hand tendered for several years until enough wine grapes could suffice a barrel or two. Refosco originates from northern Italy.

Season:

The season began with good winter rain and followed by an average spring. The soil profile was wet and budburst/growing season was off to a good start. With December came warm summer days and unlike the valley floor area, cool evenings gave the vines respite from the daily heat. The dry conditions from the high altitude breezes, kept disease pressure low. Overall an excellent vintage and one which will be regarded as a favourite.


Winemaking:

Hand-picked wine grapes were de-stemmed and co-fermented as whole berries; hand plunged daily and left on skins for 14 days. The juice was then gentle basket pressed before transferring to new French Troncias and Jupilles oak barrels for 26 months. Cork closure with A grade 100% TCA cork will guarantee confidence for this very fine wine.
Appearance: Deep crimson red with purple hue.


Aroma/Bouquet:

Aromas of violets, blue & black berries and exotic spices. Leather and cedar nuances intertwine with ripe berries and earthy flavours.


Palate:

French oak dances around black and ripe mulberry fruits with hints of leather and cedar notes. There’s an explosion of fruit which generously fills the palate accompanied with delightful aromatics. Layers of intense ripe fruit crescendo to a warm and savoury finish.


Food Pairing:

Osso Bucco, hearty Italian cuisine or any rich intense flavoured food. This wine longs for a food partner and a well-deserved decant 2-3 hours before consuming.

Alcohol: 14.8%
pH: 3.63
Acidity: 6.3g/L
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 20+ years