Specials 95 point 2016 Erin Eyes 'Ballycapple' Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

95 point 2016 Erin Eyes 'Ballycapple' Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

95 point 2016 Erin Eyes 'Ballycapple' Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes by Nick Bulleid MW

James Halliday 95 points

Background

For a change, the growing season brought no surprises in Clare, with a warm December and then a dry but normal January that was followed by welcome rain in February.
Picking of the 35 year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines for this wine was on 15th and 16th March.
The grapes had a cool, 10-day fermentation and the wine was subsequently matured for 20 months in 30% new and 70% three to five year-old French oak barrels.

Colour
Mid to deep red.

Nose
Intense fruit, showing blackcurrant and red capsicum, with subtle oak spices.

Structure / Palate
Medium bodied, with excellent depth of dark berry flavours. Good line or continuity through the palate finishing with firm, balanced tannins and very good length.

This is a full-flavoured yet beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon with typically firm varietal tannins yet the balance for immediate drinkability. It will soften and gain cedary complexity beyond 2022.
Try it with lamb, other red meats and pasta dishes.

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James Halliday Wine Companion:
"35yo vines, matured for 20 months in French oak. Excellent deep crimson-purple hue; the bouquet suggests what the palate confirms. This is the best Steve Wiblin Cabernet Sauvignon made to date in a region that does little more than tolerate cabernet. It is rich in blackcurrant/cassis, with tannins assisting rather than quarrelling with the fruit, oak a finishing touch.
95 points. Drink to 2031."

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Bottle Size 750ml
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 14.5%
Cellaring Potential 2022+
Serving Suggestion The richest casseroles or aged cheddar cheese.
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