2017 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

$70.00

Minimum order of 6 bottles.
RRP $70 – Limited production of 468 vines.
Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aroma’s including dark chocolate, earth, pepper spice, liquorice and blackcurrant, with hints of vanilla derived from the new French oak adding another sweet note.  The full bodied textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance.  We believe this wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and a wine that represents the pedigree of these ancient vines.

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Description

Vineyards:
Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch.
Circa 1880 PF Zimmerman planted 468 Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his family property ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. We believe this to be one of the oldest bearing plantings of this variety in Australia and we feel privileged to be the custodians of this special part of the Barossa.

Winemaking:
The fruit was picked on the 6nd March. The wine was fermented in an open fermenter with indigenous yeast allowed to conduct fermentation. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with gentle hand plunging performed 3-4 times daily. After 8 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred to 300 lts oak barrels (30% new French oak with balance into 2, 3 & 4 year old French oak hogsheads) to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. Once malo was complete SO2 was added to the barrels, the wine was then left on lees to mature for 8 months before racking. The wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 9 months. No finning was used and only a very coarse filtration was used prior to bottle.

Tasting Notes:
Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aromas including dark chocolate, earth, pepper spice, liquorice and blackcurrant, hints of vanilla derived from the new French oak add another sweet note. The full bodied textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance. We believe this wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 15 years.

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.2 % TA 6.13 g/l pH 3.58 RS 2.60 g/l , VA 0.58 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

Wine Front (Campbell Mattinson) – 95 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
James Halliday Wine Companion – 98 Points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2016 Vintage:
James Halliday – 96 Points
Patrick Eckel Review – 97 Points
Campbell Mattinson (Winefront) – 96 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 Points

2015 Vintage:
Did not produce

2014 Vintage:
James Halliday – 98 Points

2013 Vintage: 
James Halliday – 97 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 points

Reviews

From a single vineyard owned by the Zerk family, planted 1880 to 1890, making it one of the oldest cabernet vineyards in Australia (and the world). Wild yeast-open fermented, hand-plunged, 8 days on skins, pressed to French hogsheads (44% new), on lees 17 months. This is pure and simple cabernet, elegant, long and finely structured. A great cabernet vintage for this great vineyard. – James Halliday Wine Companion (98 Points)

“The main source of this wine is a small patch of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted near Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley in or around 1880. It’s been on a fantastic run over the past few years.  Wow. I’m tempted to describe this as elegant but it has so much power and I’m wary of giving the wrong impression. It offers pure blackcurrant fruit flavour and then layers boysenberry, bay leaf, dust, smoked meats and sweet herb notes throughout. It feels lively and svelte from the outset, though the power of the fruit takes time to unfurl. I considered rating this at both 94 and at 97; it’s clearly of gold medal standard, it’s just a matter of how high” – Campbell Mattinson (Wine Front) – 95 Points

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