Koonowla Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The Cabernet varietal character in this wine is very powerful with violets and blueberry hints gently supported by cedar notes and spice. The palate is flavorsome, powerful and long with balanced acidity and long, fine tannins.
"The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses pure black currant and fruit characteristics interwoven with underbrush and earth notes. Moderately tannic, with a sweet, expansive mid-palate, and a heady finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Some sweet and sour aspects, opening with sweet cassis berry on to the mid-palate, then herb, olive and earth on the finish and aftertaste."
Australian Wine Companion
Learn About Koonowla
South Australia was founded in 1836 and the pioneering families of these early settlers quickly spread north to create Clare Valley, which remains one of Australia"s most productive regions for wool, grain, and wine production.
Koonowla was established there shortly after by Colonel Barker, who began a farming/grazing enterprise but sold in 1892 to John Tothill who, with great...
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Learn About Clare Valley
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood). Notable Facts Since...
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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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