Paracombe Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
"Gorgeously complex... A full-bodied, powerful, potent palate, seamlessly integrated acidity, tannin, and wood, and a long, concentrated finish suggest it will age well for 10-12 years."
Paracombe 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine with all fruit for this wine harvested exclusively from the Drogemuller's vineyard from Cabernet vines planted 1992.
The 2002 vintage was the lowest yielding ever known to Paul and Kathy Drogemuller since their first establishing their vineyard at Paracombe.
This Cabernet Sauvignon presents deep, dark color with a friendly expression of rich, full fruit flavour. The bouquet has a delicious mix of aromas including cherries, dark chocolate and hints of leather. The palate is generous and juicy. Lingering flavours of ripe currants and berries textured with hints of fine, spicy tannins with a leisurely, long, finish. Drinking well now, this wine promises to reward further still with age.
A smooth, silky wine sure to put a smile on your face!
Paracombe is not a large winery, but it is a very special one. It's located in the Adelaide Hills, one of the most highly regarded cool climate regions of South Australia. The grapevines are meticulously cared for. And to take advantage of the morning sun for optimum fruit ripening, most of the vines are planted facing east. All red grapes are handpicked and the fruit is fermented cool in open tanks, hand plunged and then basket pressed. None of the wines are filtered. A three-year barrel rotation of French and American oak is employed with the red wines resting in oak for 20 months. The Paracombe vineyard was originally planted in 1983, following the Ash Wednesday bush fires that devastated the Adelaide Hills in February of that year. Proprietors Paul and Kathy Drogemuller took over a former dairy farm with the belief that it would be a good vineyard site and produce high quality fruit. Paracombe's first vintage was 1992, and although small in total production, the wines have developed a large following among wine lovers and restaurateurs in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Today, in fact, much of Paracombe's yearly production is sold out before it's even bottled. View all Paracombe WinesLike 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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.