Shottesbrooke Reserve Series Punch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Up till 2039.
APPEARANCE: Rich purple hues mellow into a deep red. BOUQUET: The nose exhibits small berry fruit aromas of black cherries, blueberries and black currants, along with a hint of mint and pepper. PALATE: The first impression of the palate is of richness and depth. Further exploration shows layers of toasty oak and some dark chocolate flavors, along with pleasant mint and blackcurrant. The wine is mouth filling with great length.
October brought with it a wet start to the vintage 2014 growing season, however drier conditions followed in November, resulting in low disease pressure in the vineyards. Two major heatwaves in January saw vineyard resilience tested and caused some rattled nerves amongst winemakers, but thankfully this heat was followed by significant rain to temper any potential damage. The result was a slightly delayed start to vintage, but excellent color in the fruit, and a fantastic balance between sugar ripeness and flavor. The Reynell clone Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested for this wine were planted in the late 1960’s on soil of moderate fertility and, with minimal irrigation, consistently result in low yields of high quality. We select only the very best individual parcels to produce 'Punch'.
The grapes were picked mid-March 2012 and fermented in static fermenters. After sugar dryness was reached, the grapes were gently pressed to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation in a variety of new, and old French Oak hogsheads. The ‘Punch’ Cabernet Sauvignon is only released in years of exceptional quality.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with premium sirloin steak, a red wine jus, and steamed seasonal vegetables.