Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Barossa Valley Shiraz
2005

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Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

Vintage History:

DESCRIPTION
Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Barossa Valley Shiraz has only been made once in 2005. Coonawarra experienced a slightly warmer than usual, dry summer with the grapes ripening evenly and early. Overall, perfect vintage weather with no rain offered a great opportunity to make wines of classic varietal character and longevity. The Barossa Valley saw a good budburst and fruit set, followed by favourable growing conditions. This is an archetypal Penfolds wine, stylish ripe fruit aromas with ethereal barrel ferment characters hovering above, aka Kenyan dark roasted coffee/mocha. Ripe fig, fresh liquorice and an oscillating Cabernet and Shiraz interplay make for, as they say, a classic Australian Red aromatic offer. The palate is tight, solid and firm. Flavours are textured and layered - talc-like, grainy, fine tannins interweave with raspberry and other red fruit notes. With air, cinnamon and demi-glace pan juices slowly arise, although it is clear that not all is yet revealed. The 100% new oak is seen, but not heard.
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Origin
Almost ‘one-off’ cuvées based on parcels of selected Barossa Valley,
Coonawarra, Clare Valley and Padthaway fruit.
Maturation
All matured in new and old oak for up to 16 months.

Fermentation

Open headed-down fermenters and small stainless steel static fermenters.
Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Shiraz.
First Vintage
2005.

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