Cabernet Shiraz 2006

They say first vintages can be surprisingly really good. The ’06 did just that for us.

This 55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 45% Shiraz wine was vinified separately in open fermenters, hand plunged over the 7 day fermentation, and basket pressed to barrel. The Cabernet was aged in fragrant French oak and the Shiraz in American oak.

Berry characters derived from the Cabernet Sauvignon have melded with the spice of the Shiraz to give a seamless blend that continues to develop various levels of complexity over the years.

Hand picked at 13.5 Baume; April 2006.
Time in Oak: 14 months

Sip it. Notice it.
Has a great heady nose that is the appropriate introduction to this savoury wine with a great mouth feel. No need to say any more.

Enjoy a glass on its own before having another to complement your food and conversation.

How to avoid the last glass of this wine being the most delicious:

All wine needs air to open up.

Decant this wine a couple of hours before drinking. Alternately, rinse a clean water jug and pour the wine into it and back into the bottle. (Make sure you throw out the last couple of cms of wine in the bottle the first time you do this; to discard the sediment.) Do this twice and you're ready to go.

This goes really well with roast lamb and baked potatoes and creamed cauliflower. Great with a cream based chicken or pasta dish. Adds a savoury touch to a roasted piece of barramundi. Great with cheddar and aged brie after the meal; otherwise you may never get to it!
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