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Tim Adams Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Cabernet sauvignon has long been recognized as an excellent variety in the Clare Valley. The addition of some cabernet franc gives complexity to the wine, and twelve months in oak yet another dimension. The knockout nose of ripe, wild berry fruit is followed by a voluptuous palate of high extract and weight. Flavors of cassis, liquorice and spice layer the palate.

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Tim Adams, , Australia
Tim Adams
The Tim Adams winery is located 130 kilometres north of Adelaide in the beautiful Clare Valley, South Australia. From 1985 when just 10 tonnes of grapes were vinified, the winery now crushes 500 tonnes - around 250 tonnes for the Tim Adams label, and contract winemaking for other local labels, the balance. This is now sourced from 11 local growers as well as from our own vineyards (joint venture with best friends Grant & Jackie Crawley). On our vineyard we grow Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz. Planned plantings for the next few years include Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Viogner, Pinot Grigio as well as increasing the plantings of Shiraz and Riesling.

Margaret River

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, 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's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California 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 revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

EPCTASCSN_2000 Item# 56664

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