The Protector Story
The Celts believed Hazel to have protective powers. If you wore a badge of Hazel you would be protected from evil spirits, sea captains would wear twigs of Hazel woven in their hats to protect themselves from the wickedness of the sea. Irish Mythical Legend Finn McCool used a shield made from Hazel to protect him. Cabernet Sauvignon’s high tannin content symbolises this protection by protecting the wine during the ageing process.
The nose is intensely varietal with powerful aromas of red currant, dried herbs and cloves.
The palate has a generosity that is a reflection of it’s provenance. Juicy and plush with flavours of black currant and red summer berries, framed perfectly by fine yet apparent tannin’s.
|Selected from two distinct vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. The first from Seaview produces rich structural wines with a darker fruit and violet lift. The second from Aldinga produces wines with lifted varietal characters of cassis and menthol .|
|Region||McLaren Vale||Alcohol /pH / TA||14.5||3.53||6.8|
|Harvest Dates||12th Feb – 27th Feb 2015||De-stemmed but not crushed into open fermenters with 3 day cold soak. Plunged 3 x day for 8 days on skins then pressed of to finish ferment in barrel (new & used FO).
Vineyard Batches kept separate until blending after 15 months maturation.
|Bottling Date||22nd November 2016|
|Release Date||December 2016|
|Cellaring||Drink 2017 to 2025|
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