Exile Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Introduction

Exile is named after the CD 'Exile on Main Street' by the Rolling Stones. It is a single vineyard wine based on the oldest and finest vineyards in the Barossa Valley.

Tasting Notes

Bright and opulent purple in colour. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with obvious varietal characters of ripe blackcurrant fruit infused with mint, fresh herbs, earth and plum. Wonderful density and depth to the aromatics, which reveal really profound Cabernet Sauvignon character. Fruit driven wine highlighted by pure plum flavour which is a highlight of Cabernet Sauvignon this vintage. The intense varietal characters along with some spice ensure a powerful mid palate. Lively with a great core and backbone, the oak is well integrated and compliments but doesn’t dominate. Well-rounded smooth tannins makes this one of the most moorish Cabernet Sauvignon we have produced. 

The Winemaking

Sourced from a small block in the Seppeltsfield region of the Barossa Valley. The vines that make up Exile were pruned severely and as a result of this along with minimal water they produced extremely small yields. Exile grapes were all hand picked and the grapes were selected in individual batches by the winemaker. The grapes were harvested then transported to the winery where they were de-stemmed and crushed individually to small static fermenters. Fermentation was brought on by the use of selected yeast strains and the temperatures peaked at 28 degrees before chilling back to 20 degrees for the completion of fermentation. The fermenters were pumped over 3 times daily to ensure the perfect amount of colour and tannin were extracted from the skins. A small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was allowed to stay on skins for a week of additional maceration after the ferments were complete. The batches were then pressed into new French barrels where they underwent malolactic fermentation and are then aged for 18 months before final barrel selection, blending and bottled with minimal filtration.

Region Barossa Valley
Cellaring Drinking well now or can be cellared for up to a decade
Alcohol 14%

Accolades

2016 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - 93 POINTS
2016 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage AWC Vienna 2015 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2015 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2009 Vintage AWC Vienna 2013 - GOLD Medal
2009 Vintage CWSA 2013 Best Value - GOLD Medal
2009 Vintage Winestate Magazine, Best Of Style Tasting - 5 STARS
2009 Vintage Winestate Magazine, Wine Of The Year Nominee 2013 - 5 STARS
2009 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Challenge - GOLD Medal
2009 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, Barossa Edition August 2013 - 95 POINTS
2009 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, July Edition 2012 - 92 POINTS