Region McLaren Vale, SA
Winemaker: Walter Clappis
Vintage Current Vintage (enquires welcome)
Colour Dark ruby, deep purple
Aroma Mixed red berries, black cherry, caramel oak
Palate Juicy fruit, red berries, with perfectly integrated French and American oak. An elegant, beautifully balanced wine, with a long lingering finish
The fruit for the Hedonist Cabernet is grown biodynamically on our own vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. Warm Summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet.
The 2011 vintage was uncharacteristically mild through mid to late Summer. This meant a longer ripening period, allowing flavour to gradually develop on the vine.
After gentle crushing, the must was pumped into traditional open fermenters with twice daily pumping over and hand plunging. Fermentation continued at up to 26 degrees Centigrade ensuring optimum extraction of long chain, soft tannins.
This Cabernet was racked, fermentation was completed in oak. Maturation of the wine occurred in 70% new French and one year old American Oak.
Age of Vines: 15 years old
Yields per acre: 1.5 Tonnes
Location: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Baume at Harvest: 14 degrees Be
Oak Treatment: 70 % new French Oak; 30% one year old American Oak for 18 months
Residual Sugar: <2g/L
Alcohol: 14.0% v/v