d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
The High Trellis vineyard has been producing grapes since the late nineteenth century. It was nicknamed "The High Trellis" as its vines were the first at d'Arenberg to be trained above knee-height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard has been released under the d'Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim.
The 2005 High Trellis Cabernet has a dense plum color with crimson hues. The aroma is ripe black fruits of blackcurrant, plum and cherry with roasted capsicum and minty notes. The palate is tight and controlled showing excellent concentration with plums, mulberries and varietal blackcurrant leaf. Ripe tannins and elevated acidity provide structure and finesse. This wine will age gracefully, developing elegant cigar-box, tobacco, coffee and mocha aromas.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 9 months in French and American oak. It is opaque purple-colored with an attractive perfume of cedar, spice box, cassis, plum, and black currant. This is followed by a medium-to full-bodied, structured wine with moderate tannin, ripe flavors, and lively acidity. It has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now."
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
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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1 rating, 1 with reviewMike Conza - Canton, MA312/15/2009This is a good medium bodied Cab - particularly for the price. The nose is a bit forward, but it opens up in the glass fairly quickly, with tart berry flavor on the finish. I'm not getting the capsicum (pepper, for those of us in the US) that the wine maker's notes mention, but overall the balance is good and the tannins are light. Not hearty enough for a strong cheese pairing - but matched well with roasted garlic and olive oil smeared on cracked wheat flatbread :-) If I could give half star ratings, this would be 3.5.
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
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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