Alkoomi Black Label Cabernet 2018
Alkoomi Vineyards & Winery
The Alkoomi vineyard is located only 80kms inland from the Southern Ocean, resulting in good winter rains and dry ripening months. Summer days and evenings are cooled by fresh sea breezes, enabling ideal slow ripening of grapes. This climatic pattern is very similar to that of the best Bordeaux vintages.
The property includes large areas of suitable soils and aspects. From the initial planting of about one hectare, the area under vine has been expanded throughout the 1980s and ‘90s and expansion of the vineyard has continued steadily over the next decade.
Alkoomi uses water supplied from on-site dams efficiently to prevent vine stress during extended dry periods without sacrificing the naturally low yields that produce concentrated flavours.
The vines are all pruned by hand. Machine harvesting occurs in the cool of the morning, usually starting at 2.00am, to ensure that grapes arrive at the winery in top condition.
The winery is completely self-contained, including bottling, labelling and packaging. All processing equipment – presses, fermentation, oak barrels and stainless steel tanks – is modern and maintained in outstanding and clean working order.
2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Alkoomi vineyards have been established over a number of years, dating back to 1971. The result is that there are 10 separate blocks of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit from these blocks all have distinct flavour differences due to the individual sites on which they are grown and very in terms of North or South facing slopes, North/South versus East/West row orientation and differences in soil types across the property. As a result, the wine produced has many layers of complexity given to it by the various different blocks in the blend. The wine matured in twenty percent new French oak for 18 months before bottling .
An extremely dry winter was followed by a warm growing season with intermittent and timely rainfall resulting in vines producing low yields of intensely flavoured fruit.
Deep crimson with purple hues. Brooding notes of cassis and red berries with a dusty earthy core and a lift of varietal leafy notes, interwoven with savoury cedar and cigar box characters. Rich red fruits give a vibrant mid palate sweetness with earthy, forest floor complexity and finishes with dusty fine grained tannins.
Cellaring : Ready to drink now, this wine will develop further with five to eight years of cellaring.
|6 to 12||$23.35|
|13 to 24||$22.75|
|25 to 36||$22.15|
|37 to 96||$22.15|
Further discounts available on larger quantities. Contact us for details.