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Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Overview

Overview

The distinguished Medlands Vineyard lies within an exceptional pocket of ground at Dorrien on the central north Barossa Valley floor, a site renowned for growing outstanding fruit. Gently sloping towards the North Para River, the microclimate benefits from cooling breezes flowing down-river from the foothills and enjoys optimum sunlight, low rainfall and low humidity.

The vineyard is comprised of ancient soils ranging from loamy sands over light clays to sandy loams over medium clays, laid down 5 million years ago when an uplift of the Eastern ranges and a sinking of the valley floor caused the central valley to fill with sediments. This unique terroir results in complex, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with intense varietal character.

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2018
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Cork
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2040
Winemaker Steven Frost

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

96 Points Mike Bennies
96 Points Ray Jordan

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Lamb
Duck
Pasta
Veg
Spicy Food

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Dark aromatics of black cherry and blackcurrant express both terroir and variety, with undertones of tobacco, wild herbs and fine French oak .

Flavours and Palate

Complex and opulent, with the fine, layered structure, purity and finesse we have come to expect of the Medlands Vineyard. The palate is focused and precise, with long, textural tannins and an elegant line. 

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.

The 2018 growing season at Medlands began with above average rainfall that filled soil profiles. S pring and summer were dry, with temperatures slightly above average. Early lignification and flavour development allowed for picking at optimum flavour ripeness, without excessive sugar. Harvest was relatively early, with reds showing excellent varietal expression, plush palates and fine tannin structure.

Steven Frost - Winemaker

Steve grew up in his family's restaurant business in the Yarra Valley where, at an early age, his interest in food and wine was cultivated.
Though it wasn't his first career, growing and making wine was always Steve's passion, with most weekends spent working part-time in vineyards and making wines with friends.
Steve started working in the wine industry full-time in 1999, the same year he started a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University. Drawn to work in the Barossa in 2005, he's been making Wolf Blass reds since 2008. The winery's expansive vineyard resources, modern and traditional winemaking techniques, and careful approach to blending proved just as irresistible then as they do now.