Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
The 2004 Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon, highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from sixty-six year old vines, planted on their own roots in ironstone gravel. An inky wine, crimson in color. A classy perfumed aristocratic nose of pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Extraordinary aromas of black currents and high quality French oak scented bouquet. Elegant flavors of black fruits, smoky herbs, eucalyptus and vanilla.
Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are from vines planted in 1940 on their original rootstock. The unusually dry growing season resulted in even smaller yields than normal, under two tons per acre. All of the vines are dry-farmed and hand pruned. Picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Grapes were hand picked in order to allow for whole berry fermentation. This process allows us to better retain the grape's varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine. The juice is fermented using wild yeast; temperatures were kept 32 degrees Celsius with an extended maceration. All of the pressings are returned to the barrel. No fining or filtration is allowed ensuring the purest expression of the grape and vineyard that will age well and complement the dining experience. Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in barrels that are hand selected by the winemaker. The French barrels used are 100% new, tight-grained oak from Nadalie. Barrels are seasoned for three years before being toasted to medium char over a cool flame for several hours to minimize blistering. Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon spent 18 months in barrel. The resulting wine is extremely balanced and integrated; when decanted it is ready to consume now or can age for 15 years.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Exotic, floral and spicy on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, kirsch, anise and dried flowers. Full-bodied and sweet, with a chewy, youthful texture and broad, deep red and dark fruit flavors. Lush and beautifully balanced, the cherry flavor building and sweetening on the long, velvety finish. A superb example of herb-free, fruit-driven cabernet."
The Wine Advocate - "The inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman Vineyard exhibits classic aromas of cassis and graphite along with a well-balanced, rich, full-bodied, intense personality. One of the estate’s more forward, elegant offerings, it is best drunk during its first 12-15 years of life."
Wine Enthusiast - "Shows tons of beautiful red and black berries on the nose, which carry over to the palate in the form of juicy, perfectly ripe flavors tinged with just a hint of graham cracker. Acidity is lively; can be enjoyed now through 2011."
Wine Spectator - "Firm, with juicy raspberry and red cherry flavors at the core. Shows a range of cedar and dusky spice overtones that add depth and class. Best from 2008 through 2016. 500 cases imported. "
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Clarendon Hills Winery
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved. View all Clarendon Hills Wines
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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3 ratings, 3 with reviews29/13/2012Broad and Bold like the Outback. It is all these and yet there is something missing. I believe this needs to be paired with food to reveal its better character. On third thought, it has peaked and has lost whatever it might have once had.54/12/2012
If you like strong fruit forward Cabs.. this wine will totally satisfy.44/12/2012
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Another great wine at a great price. Nice and smooth after pouring it through my aerator. While I rarely purchase cabernet outside of California, I took a chance on this one and it was worth it!Related ProductsThe 2011 opens with inviting aromas of dark raspberry, mocha and vanilla with a hint of red licorice. This vintage ...Cabernet from this iconic 40 year old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The wine offers ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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