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Closure
Stelvin

Colour
Deep purple in colour

Bouquet
Ripe, and fruit driven

Palate
Concentrated black currant fruit, hints vanilla bean, spice and light licorice notes

Grape Variety
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region
100% Padthaway

Date Bottled
23.09.2006

% Alcohol
13.9%

Residual Sugar
2.1g/L

Acidity
6.1g/L

pH
3.49

Maturation
35-40% new barrels with the oak type has traditionally been American

 

Mt. Monster Cabernet 2005

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in colour. Ripe, and fruit driven with concentrated black currant fruit, hints vanilla bean, spice and light licorice notes. Generous finish.

Winemaking Report

Winemaking is very traditional and labour intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels with the oak type has traditionally been American. In good cellars, Mt Monster Cabernet can age for up to 5 years. This Cabernet was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.

Vintage Conditions

The 2005 summer was exceedingly cool with unseasonal rainfall in February. Fruit was under no disease pressure. The ripening continued steadily through autumn until picking in late April. As fine weather continued through the autumn the vintage came to very quick close. Varietal characters were very strong and overall assessment was extremely high.

Our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.

Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.

Awards
  • ★★★ STAR
    2007 Winestate Magazine