2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ

DSC_7543At SnowDragon Wines we believe that a wine palate is as unique as a snowflake or a leafy sea dragon. These tasting notes describe the winemakers opinion, but we want you to ‘Taste the Dragon’ and decide for yourself.

Restrained but Elegant, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blacklegs – Mmm, where was I…… ?

The 2010 wines are a good follow-on from the 2008 although they are obviously from a cooler vintage, awards a little more restraint and elegance.  After enduring the long years of drought in the late naughty’s, the struggling vineyard responded to a gradual change toward sustainable land management. The growth was still retarded and yield low but the grapes were small, dark and flavoursome.  The individual grapes were delicately picked by our family’s fingers in the first week of March, and personally driven to Lodestone Winery in the Adelaide Hills.

After fermentation, the wine was matured in seasoned French, American and Hungarian oak for just over 24 months.  Oak is evident and contributes to the nutty complexity.  Deep crimson red, black jube and ripe blackberry nose and a hint of black current reflect nice cool-climate Shiraz characters.  Good tight acid and tight and rich tannins combined with an excellent alcohol balance and length you can expect a distinguished maturation in the cellar.

ALC 14.0% BY VOL l APPROX 8.3 STANDARD DRINKS l CONTAINS SULPHITES

Retail price: $31 per bottle

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