Carlei Estate Cabernets 2001
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Merlot 10%
Vintage: 2001Harvest date: 18 th April, 2001
Vineyard location: Chirnside Park, Yarra Valley
Harvest Beaumé: 13.7 Total acidity: 5.9 g/l pH: 3.48
Alcohol: 13.9% alc/volProduction: 150 dozen
The fruit is from low yielding (1.0 tonne/acre), dry grown old vines from Yarra Valley. The grape must was fermented on its skins with introduced yeast for a period of 14 days, basket pressed and racked to 50% new and 50% used French oak for a period of 24 months. The wine was bottled without filtration.
Mulberries, blueberries and blackcurrants dominate the nose, but underlying are some brambly and mineral tones along with some highly scented new oak flavours. The oak is a mixture of vanilla and cedar characters, which superbly support the fruit. On the palate the texture is thick and viscous, almost liqueur like. The finish sees ample acid and drying fine tannin. The wine will continue to develop and soften for at least another 4-6 years.
Cellaring: 6 to 10 years
Awards & reviews:
“The intensity of black berry fruit on the nose is second only to the blue berry fruit on the palate. A great wine of intensity and longevity. Grab it, put it away and lock it up.” 94/100
Love it! Tyson Stelzer, 22nd March, 2005
“Earthy, cedary black fruits; light to medium bodied; overall savoury, with firm, fine tannins.” 89/100
2005 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday