Rare Black 2017 Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Single Vineyard
Phil Reedman- Master of Wine. Tasting note (below).
The Barossa Valley, quite rightly, trumpets its Shiraz wines to the world and generally leaves other regions to make the noise about Cabernet Sauvignon. Is this about to change I wonder?
Rare Black Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly raising the flag for Barossa Cabernet. The aroma is pure-play red capsicum; now there’s a varietal hallmark if ever there was one. The palate is medium-bodied with spicy, toasty French oak and coffee bean aromas and flavours.
Driving straight down the middle of the palate is a tide of juicy blackcurrants and Christmas cherries. A wine to change a few minds I think. A wine to cellar for the long term ~ Phil Reedman MW
Vintage: 2017 was a cool season which allowed for amazing slow
ripening conditions, resulting in amazing balance of flavour,
structure and acidity. A truly stunning Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing: High grade Wagyu Steak or hearty dishes like Rosemary
braised lamb shanks.
Handcrafted: Only 200 Cases produced.
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Maturation: 26 Months in New French oak Hogsheads.
Sub Region: Ebenezer – Iconic sub region at very Northern tip of
the Barossa Valley characterised by it’s ancient soils and on this
site it’s red brown earth over broken limestone, perfect for a high
quality Cabernet. Single Vineyard: Sourced from a single vineyard
just 4.3km from Penfold’s Block 42, this site is beautifully suited to
growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elevation: 270 Metres
Cellaring: Drink now or up to 20 years from vintage but be sure to
decant it to open it up and let its quality shine