Whicher Ridge Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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The 2011 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, d

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Whicher Ridge Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2011 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.

What€™s Special About our Elevation:

You often hear or read statements such as €œa great wine is made in the vineyard€. This to me really means that a great wine is made from grapes grown in a particular spot that perfectly suits that variety. Our cool to mild climate at Chapman Hill 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 are on exactly the same latitude as Juniper Estate and Vasse Felix and share similar soils that part of Margaret River, so the choice to plant cabernet in our vineyard was an easy one. Due to the elevation of our vineyard, we are harvesting our cabernet later than the Wilyabrup sub region, and at a similar time to vineyards just south of the Margaret River township. The planting material we sourced from a friends€™ old cabernet block in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River. It is one of the acclaimed €œHoughton€ clones with small berries and small bunches (which is a winemakers delight!). Our vines have a fine pedigree and as they are maturing, they are certainly showing exceptional promise of better and better things to come. (Our Elevation is our Black Caviar in our wine range stable!!) After machine harvesting in the cool of early morning, we crushed the grapes a couple of hours later into open topped fermenters, with a 10% drain off at crushing. (A drain off is a way of concentrating the wine colour and flavour by removing some of the juice off the skins during crushing). We fermented our cabernet in the same way as our shiraz in open topped fermenters, with alternating hand plunging, followed by draining off skins into a tank, then returning onto skins with lots of splashing and aeration, happening 2 to 3 times a day. A week later, at the end of fermentation, the cabernets were pressed off skins using a basket press. Following fermentation, the cabernet was matured for 2 years in a mix of 40% new, 40% one year old, and 20% two year old, french oak barrels.  The 2012 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 €¦

Analysis

Alcohol % 14.1
pH 3.42
Total Acid g/L 6.9
Residual Sugar g/L 0.10

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