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2011 D'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 D'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon

da-ca11
Region
Australia
Appellation
McLaren Vale

Type
Red
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
James Halliday
90
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92pts – Bob Campbell

90pts – James Halliday

90pts – Natalie Maclean

Beautiful bright purple fruits dominate the palate, countered by typical Cabernet characters such as red capsicum skin and fresh mint. The wine feels quite linear at this stage of its development and the combination of fruit and fine chalky tannins seems to go on and on endlessly.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
McLaren Vale
Vineyard Designation
High Trellis
Harvest Date
April 2-29, 2011
Acid
6.6
pH
3.55
Aging
20 months in oak
Residual Sugar
1.0 g/l
Alcohol %
14.3
James Halliday
90
Wine Profile
Ratings
92 Points Bob Campbell MW Bob Campbell Online ; 90 Points James Halliday The Australian Wine Companion 2015 Planted in the late 19th century and was the first to have a trellis above knee height. The standard modus operandi of d'Arenberg works well here, with soft tannins and integrated oak woven through the fresh cassis fruit flavours of the light-bodied palate. ; 90 Points Natalie Maclean Natalie Maclean Online 2014 Juicy, savoury and delicious Australian red wine with black fruit and cedar. Smooth and long. The result is an intensely concentrated Cab that finishes with terrific notes of vanilla smoke, chocolate and black fruits. Pair this hearty red wine with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese.
Vineyard Notes
This vineyard was planted in the 19th century, and received its nickname as it was the first in the region to be trained above knee height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from the High Trellis vineyard has been released under the d'Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim, and won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy at the 1969 Melbourne Wine Show. There was ample winter and spring rain which provided good sub soil moisture and resulted in healthy canopies and good vigour. Summer conditions were very mild. Grapes ripened gracefully with only a few small rain episodes, enough to keep the vines fresh and vibrant. Rainfall was only a little over average for the first months of the year.
Production Notes
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to old American oak barriques to complete fermentation.The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.
Winemaker Notes
Cooler years in McLaren Vale always lead to incredibly expressive and highly varietal Cabernets. The High Trellis is no exception with an abundance of blackcurrant, violets and minty notes leaping from the glass. Beautiful bright purple fruits dominate the palate, countered by typical Cabernet characters such as red capsicum skin and fresh mint. The wine feels quite linear at this stage of its development and the combination of fruit and fine chalky tannins seems to go on and on endlessly. A wine that can be savoured now or allowed to develop for the next five to 10 years.
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