Tasting Notes

The 2013 Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and intense wine with aromas of mint, blueberries, raspberries, tobacco leaf, and dark chocolate, with a lifted flinty, chalky character that is typical of our vineyard. Complex flavours of blueberries, dark chocolate, mint and fresh blackberries unfold on the palate, complemented by fine textured grainy tannins. The finish is long, with lingering flavours of mint and blueberries. This wine is approachable now and will cellar well for the next 8-10 years, or perhaps longer …

Chapman Hill’s cool to mild climate provides ideal conditions for truly great Cabernet Sauvignon to be grown. The gravelly loam soils and rocky ironstone terrain delivers distinctively varietal Cabernet Sauvignon that is unique to the area.

We have given the title Elevation to our Cabernet wine as we strongly believe that this wine is at the pinnacle of what we are striving to do with the growing and making of our wines.

The way we handle our red ferments is very labour intensive, but the end results in terms of colour and flavour extraction is well worth the hard work. The cabernet was fermented in an open topped red fermenter, with alternating hand plunging, followed by draining off skins into a tank, then returning onto skins, happening several times a day. Following fermentation, the wine was matured for 2 years in 50% new, 40% one year old, and 10% two year old, specially selected tight grained, French oak barrels.

Food Matching

Vegetables, fruit & herbs which match well:

Mint, eggplant, black beans, broccoli, beetroot, radicchio, carrots, black olives, green beans, sage, rosemary, basil, pine nuts, bay leaf, dark cooking chocolate, oregano

Food Suggestions:

Slow cooked beef cheek; beef carbonade; slow cooked lamb shanks; coq au vin; ratatouille; spaghetti bolognaise;

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