2004 '225' Cabernet Sauvignon - Single Barrique Freak

It’s no Secret that for me the absolute pinnacle of deliciousness is Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet from the Barossa is unique and distinctive and for me one of the best expressions of this variety. The reason I like the Barossa for Cabernet Sauvignon so much is that the flavour spectrum encompasses all the usual varietal characteristics but then keeps on going to include black currants, spice and mocha chocolate.

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Production:

420 kg Picked April 12th 2004
House on the Hill ‘225’ Block @ 1.1 tonne to the acre
Crafted in isolation and filled to a brand new American oak Barrique (225 Liters)
Matured in wood for 4 years before bottling.
Released at 12 years of age it’s a powerful example of what Barossa Cabernet given full throat can really do.
Total production 192 Bottles.

Colour:

Bright, yet deep berry red. Hints of brick on the meniscus reflecting 10 years of age.

Nose:

Intense Cabernet Varietals with lifted blackberry over chocolate. New American oak vanilla complexity fills out the deep red black fruit Power and Complexity underlines the aromas.

Palate:

Incredibly tight and youthful Purple berry fruit up front. Middle palate is assaulted with a riot of wild berry and punchy but balanced American oak. Incredible length and density filled with smoky yeast complexity finishes with an ‘everlasting’ powerful cabernet fruit sweetness.

Philosophy:

It’s no Secret that for me the absolute pinnacle of deliciousness is Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet from the Barossa is unique and distinctive and for me one of the best expressions of this variety. The reason I like the Barossa for Cabernet Sauvignon so much is that the flavour spectrum encompasses all the usual varietal characteristics but then keeps on going to include black currants, spice and mocha chocolate. Few things can match the poise of full flight Barossa Cabernet… Especially when 0(like in the 2004 vintage) it is oh so right! The 225 is my ultimate expression of this variety. Through Fate, providence or whatever you want to call it, when Dad originally purchased the House on the Hill Block Nicki the Children and I live on, 4 small rows of Cabernet, (planted around the same time I made my appearance in the world) were sitting there just waiting to be discovered. I knew back then that what I had a chance to create was something extraordinary.

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