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Date Printed: 11/30/2015
Brancott Fairhall Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Brancott Fairhall Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
(search item no. 29147)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/30/2015: $27.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is deep red with some brick hues.

On the nose a chocolate earthiness is evident, with spicy vanillin from the oak coming through. Boysenberry fruit aromas with hints of black cherry develop with time as the wine opens up.

To taste, there is a full, yet fine, tight tannin structure and a display of spicy vanillin oak with cedary hints. Fruit reminiscent of black cherry and plum will intensify with time. Earthy, chocolate flavors add complexity. The wine is well balanced, with a lingering finish.

Decant first to maximise the enjoyment of this wine.

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About Brancott:

The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman.