One of the truly great partnerships in the Barossa is the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Whatever the proportions and regardless of whether Shiraz or Cabernet is dominant the synergy is unmistakable.
Deep dense red with hints of purple lingering around the meniscus.
Spearmint perfume layered over cassis and red currant and summer berries. Lifted vanilla oak blends back and is filled out with the complexity of the spicy French giving an beautifully balanced nose.
The initial richness of the fully raspberry characters are poised against the spearmint menthol over finely balanced against firm oak and fruit Tannins. Good acid against the fruit sweetness, cleanses the mouth for a beautifully balanced palate The middle palate is full of the of the big berry hit of Cabernet supported by the leathery richness of Shiraz. The long palate finishes with the deep bass complexity brought out by extended lees contact.
One of the truly great partnerships in the Barossa is the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Whatever the proportions and regardless of whether Shiraz or Cabernet is dominant the synergy is unmistakable. Each vintage however it will be different as it will always reflect that season. Some times it will be a Cabernet Shiraz blend and others it will be a Shiraz Cabernet blend; but ultimately, if I release it, it will always be delicious! Since the first blend I made in 2002 I’ve crafted the Alexander’s Reward each year with a view to and capturing the best expression that Barossa Cabernet and Shiraz together can produce. The 2008 Alexander’s Reward blend was started in my head as all the Cabernet and Shiraz went across my slab. The hand plunging 3 times a day interspersed with chilling pump-over’s to temper and extract flavours kept me on 18 hour days with little relief. As I grew to know each batch of Vintage 2008 my mental map for the Reward built up. Extended skin contact and basket pressing then Malo on heavy lees completed the picture. Over the three years that these small batches spent in wood the blend gradually came together until the 2008 was bottled.
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