2016 Shottesbrooke Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek, South Australia (750ml)

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The Shottesbrooke story began in 1981 when its founder, Nick Holmes planted his very first vineyard outside the South Australian hamlet of Myponga. Astounded by the top-notch quality of fruit produced, Nick was inspired to purchase land and build a winery, determined to produce world class wines from McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and surrounding, lesser-known regions. Nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent, McLaren Vale offers a cauldron of diverse soil types, geologies and geographies, conducive to growing a number of different varietals and producing a broad range of styles. In addition to their estate grown fruit (which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), Shottesbrooke also works with a bevy of local growers across the region and beyond in order to align the very best grape varietals to their most well-suited terroirs and expand the scope of wine styles featured in their portfolio. Nick’s stepson, Hamish Maguire, joined the team in 2004 after working harvests in France and Spain and studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University; today, he is general manager and head winemaker, producing five different series of wine including the ‘Discovery Series’ from which this delightful Cabernet Sauvignon comes.

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the cool climate appellation of Langhorne Creek (just next door to McLaren Vale), is layered and complex yet at the same time, extremely approachable. Vivid aromas of crushed black currant, black plum, violet and eucalyptus nearly leap out of the glass and flow onto the fairly full-bodied palate which introduces an earthy undercurrent with flavors of leather, gravel, tobacco and wild mint. There is ample structure here, yet the tannins are silky, well-integrated and balanced by a juicy, fresh acidity. This is easy drinking Cabernet when you’re in the mood for a lot of flavor and oomph minus the harsh tannins! Enjoy on its own or pair with your favorite steak recipe. 

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