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d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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The Coppermine Road runs parallel to d'Arenberg's very best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in McLaren Vale, just metres from the winery, cellar door and restaurant. Planted to an almost extinct clone, this vineyard rarely yields greater than one tonne to the acre.

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 a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.

Although a little closed when first opened, this wine soon becomes vibrant, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is full of red berries, cassis and a refined leafiness. The palate is young and fresh with spicy acidity and gravelly tannins. The oak is restrained and balanced, allowing the old vine character to shine through. This wine needs time (and patience) to evolve and will reward cellaring in the medium to long term.