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.At david Franz I'm pretty much always putting Cabernet Front and Center!
The components for the 2015 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz all reached their nirvana point on the vine within a week of each other. The ‘House on the Hill’ Cabernet Sauvignon block 75% (which drives this blend) along with all the Shiraz blocks 25% were all picked between the 21st and 27th of February , sourced from our 'House on the Hill' and 'Stone Well Hill' Vineyards
Total production 1200 bottles - released June 2020
Deep dense red with hints of brick lingering around the meniscus.
spearmint perfume layered over black and redcurrant 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 full 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 senses for a beautifully balanced mouthful.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.
It’s the 26th of May 2020 as I sit and write this label, celebrating both Alex and this 2015 Liquid Incarnation. It’s been a crazy few months, as the ‘COVID19’ Pandemic rips its way across our planet. The initial panic in March, as this virus started to infiltrate Australia, evolved into a siege where of all things, obtaining toilet paper seemed to be the central topic of our lives… W T F ? ? In the last few weeks, when it became obvious that Australia was successful in defeating the first wave, we’ve reached the point where restaurants, Café’s and MOST IMPORTANTLY… PUBS are slowly reopening. HOORAY !! For Alex, now in year nine at high school, it’s been a bit like living in Opposite World. While the rest of us have bemoaned the loss of personal freedom, our social interactions and being restricted to home, Alex has been in seventh heaven. His generation thrive in the online world, interacting on ‘Discord’ preferentially, even before the virus turned our life upside down. I think he loved the fact that he could do his day’s study in twenty minutes and spend the rest of his time, (with his mates) living in his digital world. The way this (almost) fifteen-year-old took ‘Lockdown’ in his stride actually annoyed the hell out of me, and the only sweet sweet revenge was a couple of weeks ago when we sent him back to School to learn in the real world again. Ha!
The components for the 2015 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz all reached their nirvana point on the vine within a week of each other. The ‘House on the Hill’ Cabernet Sauvignon block (which drives this blend) along with all the Shiraz blocks were all picked between the 21st and 27th of February. As my winemaking philosophies have evolved and perhaps, ‘matured’ chasing lithe sexy structure is my holy grail and the 2015 fruit delivered admirably. There is a lifted line of fruit purity that sings through the 2015 Alexander’s Reward that celebrates each varietal contribution unselfishly. The 2015 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Shiraz was created from small batch parcels drawn from Sand, Loam and Clay from both our Stone Well Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards. Each batch was hand plunged three times a day during ferment before being basket pressed after a total of 21-35 days on skins. The wine was filled with full lees to a mix of old and new American and French Oak for 25 months maturation before being racked to tank to settle. After final blending, 1200 bottles were filled (unfiltered) of the 2015 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Shiraz in February 2018. Team david Franz have as always finished the bottle with the hand printed love we would never let it leave home without.
Enjoy and Cheers!