Bellwether Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Coonawarra, Australia
One of the iconic Australian wines, this is a top class Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a well respected and award winning producer, Sue Bell. Structured, complex and long lived. A memorable wine - deep blackcurrant fruit, mint, tobacco, spice and intense, lingering finish. Grown in the famous terra rossa soils along the World Heritage listed Limestone Coast.
Ready to enjoy now but will also continue to develop in bottle for many years to come.
Bellwether is the brainchild of Sue Bell, based in the 1868 Glen Roy Shearing Shed in Coonawarra. Sue makes wines in Coonawarra as well as other regions of Australia, including as far aeld as Tasmania. Her selection of fruit is classics from cool climates but also playing with mediterranean varieties suited to dry climates. Climate change underlies every decision in winemaking for Bellwether wines, from appropriate varietal/region matches to sustainable winemaking. Texture and complexity intrigue Sue and are hallmarks of how her wines are made - 100% indigenous yeast and gently handled.
Grown by award-winning Mike & Brent Wetherall in Coonawarra’s famous (indeed World Heritage listed) terra rossa soils. Vines are hand pruned, grapes are hand- picked, preserving the indigenous yeasts for fermentation. Tight grain French oak barrels with only a very small amount of new oak so as not to overshadow site expression. Traditional basket press for slow extraction.
Vegan and vegetarian.
Complex, structural yet with supreme finesse, this is the epitome of top- drawer Coonawarra Cabernet with its unique aroma and flavour, that minty eucalyptus and strong blackcurrant coming over you in waves.
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What the critics say:
The medium-bodied 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a block of Cabernet that is the first picked in Coonawarra every year. It's a bit earthy and herbal, with cassis fruit but also a strong savory element, and supported by tannins that are firm without being excessively hard or drying. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and then drink it over the following decade. Wine Advocate - 90 points.