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Dalwhinnie 2015 Moonambel Cabernet

2015 moonambel cabernet sauvignon

2015 moonambel cabernet sauvignon

95 Points 95 96 Points 96

$70.00

$65.00

colour

Bright and shiny highlighting purple hues.

aroma

Dark dense sweet concentrated aromas, with typical varietal Cabernet Sauvignon characters like cedar pencil shavings, freshly cut grass and an abundance of fresh blue fruits, also beautiful aromas of violets. Attractive savoury dried herbs notes are also evident. 

palate

The palate is thick, juicy and luscious. This wine has finesse and elegance; on the mid palate the wine expands; displaying floral blackcurrant notes and rich dark chocolate flavours There are some lovely savoury chewy tannins and all very well integrated with the French oak. The after palate is long and dry with a hint of mocha which lingers for some time. A sensational wine, and as always the Dalwhinnie  Cabernets age b eautifully.

cellaring

Optimum drinking within five to ten years of vintage.

vintage

The 2015 vintage was a cracking year. In fact it was probably the best vintage we have had in the last 10 years. The previous growing season gave us a good fruit set so an average yield of 1.5 tonnes per acre with little rain and plenty of sunlight, and the grapes were of a very high quality.

winemaking

Grapes were picked at optimum ripeness ie. 13.0 – 14.0 Baume over two passes. The grapes were crushed, de-stemmed. Inoculated and fermented in small open fermenters. Temperature is controlled at around 26 degrees C. After an 8 day ferment there is a further 2 weeks of skin contact after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then pressed out in a large pneumatic press. The next stage is settling the wine in a stainless steel tank then pumping into French oak barriques for 18 months oak maturation. The wine is filtered and bottled in November the following year.

region

Pyrenees Region, Western Victoria, Australia

variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.54
  • Acidity (TA): 6.6 g/L

2018 james halliday wine companion

“Clear, deep crimson-purple; just as you would expect from the region, fully mature vines, the winemaker and the judicious use of French oak. The flavours are deep and deceptively powerful, tannins plentiful, but submerged in the fruit, the overall balance and length faultless.” 96 Points

96 Points 96

2018 the real review - huon hooke

Deep red/purple colour with a smoky, charred-oak bouquet, plus some cedar and cigarbox notes reminiscent of a classy Bordeaux. The wine is very rich and concentrated, powerful and profound in the mouth, with fathomless flavour that rolls on and on and on. A very powerful and impressive cabernet.  The concentration and high extract are mighty impressive.” 95 points

95 Points 95