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Hancock & Hancock McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Blackcurrant and crushed leaf flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon are the dominant varietal characters here with perfume of violets and savory, slightly rustic touch of the Portugese grape variety Touriga, also providing a little bit of grip. A unique and satisfying red to partner food now and over the next decade.

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    Hancock & Hancock Wines

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    Hancock & Hancock Wines, McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Vigneron, winemaker, communicator and business man, Chris Hancock is a lifelong wine man. He has worked with the Oatley family for almost four decades, playing an integral role in shaping both their wine styles and worldwide success. Hancock has been involved in Australian wine industry affairs since 1978 with particular emphasis on regulatory and compliance matters. With his brother John, Chris owns the La Colline vineyard on Chalk Hill Road at McLaren Vale in South Australia and in 2016 released the Hancock & Hancock range of McLaren Vale wines in partnership with the Oatley family.

    Hancock & Hancock vineyards are located quite near the McLaren Vale village, a special place that took half a lifetime to find. Old vines, some more the 80 years of age planted on a South East facing slope, protected from strong winds and facing the gentle moving sun. The vines (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) are planted in three distinct soil types at the top middle and bottom sections of the hillside, so different characteristics are found from each of the vineyard sections giving added complexity and interest to the wine made. The winery farms in a sustainable manner with passion and care; also on the property are located a small wildlife refuge and a large beautiful rose garden – the noble pasture of the grapevine.

    McLaren Vale

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    Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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