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Delicate but complex and intense. It is always difficult to assemble all the wine components properly. In fact, especially in reds, it is common to find wines with too much alcohol and tannins which overwhelm the fruit. Of course, climate has a great effect on the outcome of the wine and this is exactly the case of “The Red” High Eden from Mountadam 2009. A distinctive blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc following the classic Bordeaux style. The name “High Eden” was chosen by the Mountadam founder David Wynn to describe this particular vineyard located at the highest point of the Eden Valley, a highly rewarded wine area known for outstanding Rieslings. Here the cool climate and windy conditions are crucial to guarantee a good amount of acidity to balance the tannins of those grapes. For the 2009 release, the use of new French barriques for 2 years imparts the typical vanilla notes without dominating the fruit. Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as expected, ripened earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and were harvested on the 27th March, while Cabernet Sauvignon was picked more than a week later. The wines were aged in new French barriques for 2 years before bottling in November 2011.
Visual examination: deep red in colour with a purple hue. Leges surround the glass after swirling the wine revealing a good percentage of alcohol and structure.
Olfactory examination: intense but delicate at the same time with evident notes of licorice, ripe plums, red capsicum, blackberry, tar, vanilla, ink cherries and balsamic notes of eucalyptus and mint and a vibrant final of firewood.
Taste/olfactory examination: intense and persistent in the mouth, the tannins are relevant but smooth at the same time. A full bodied wine very well balanced that can give its best paired with roasted rack of lamb with herbs.
Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Mountadam Vineyard
Sugar Content:9 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 3%)
Points: 92 points
Price: $34,95

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