When it comes to varietals and wine, deep down inside I reckon each one of us has a favorite; Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly mine. It is as unique and distinctive as the more famous Shiraz, But for me, there is so much more going on. The flavour spectrum encompasses an absolute treasure box of liquorice, red and black summer berries, anise fennel spice box and chocolate. In my (biased) opinion, few things can match the poise of full flight Barossa Cabernet...
Single vineyard wine from the ‘Horse Paddock’ and House on the Hill blocks on our Stelzer Road Vineyard .
Total production 2520 bottles
360 Re Released June 2019
Rich and deep red with a brooding dark core
Great Barossa Cabernet varietals - Piercing red berry and black currant over dark chocolate, liquorice savory leather and cedar notes. Plenty of fragrant dark fruits.
Vibrant cassis and savory strap liquorice. Rich mid palate with gentle warmth and fine elegant tannins. Great length with a slathering of rich lingering chocolate flavours coating the mouth
I sit here at my desk, April Fool’s Day 2014, literally in the final moments before we release the 2009 Georgie's Walk madly composing the text for this label. It's a bit like the old School and Uni days - cramming the assignment on the morning it's due... I guess some things will never change! It's the frenetic moments like these, pondering the snapshot in time I want to capture for Georgie when she looks back at this label in the years to come when you have a real understanding of the way time passes. There's a jolt in realising that almost 16 years have now passed since I first held a wrinkly squalling 10lb 11oz bundle of "You're definitely an adult now dave," we named Georgina. Fast forward 15 years 10 months and 28 days and I have a young lady called Georgie, who has moved on from Ballet, is very interested in cooking, works part-time at Maggie Beers and is doing beautifully at year 10. Our conversations have evolved (even though what we find funny has not). I think I don't embarrass her too often with her friends... but just enough to remind her that I am after all still her Dad. These last 12 or so months have been a time of flux and change, but apart from a few hiccups, she has followed this path with grace. As her new direction becomes apparent, I await with anticipation the way she will walk securely in my heart it will be great style and a laugh
The 2009 Georgie's Walk is the quintessential essence of what sets Barossa Cabernet apart. 2009 Was a vintage that gave forth wines of density and mystery with dark matter at their core overlaid with a thrilling burst of pure fruit and complexity that the previous year just could never match. The 2009 Georgie's Walk is chock full of dark chocolate dipped black summer fruits sprinkled with red berries all kept together by the trademark velvety dry tannins! The 2009 Georgie’s Walk was a combination of thirteen 700Kg (ish) batches sourced from the House on the Hill Block, the Horse Paddock Block and a little garnish from my brother's block in Eden Valley for the brightness it offered. Each ferment captured subtle variations produced as the soils vines and slopes changed on the different blocks. Extracting the very essence of Cabernet requires old fashioned elbow grease - hand plunging 3 times a day interspersed with careful chilling. Following 24 to 46 days on skins, the ferments gave up their liquid gold to my Hypac Press before being filled into a combination of new and seasoned American Oak barrels for 36 months aging. 360 Bottles have been Re-released in June 2019 of the 2009 Cellar Release Georgie’s Walk Cabernet as a 10-year-old wine just entering its juvenile peak. Each bottle ( as always ) has been hand printed wrapped and packaged with care by the team at david Franz before wending its way to you.
Enjoy and Cheers!
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