2016 Georgie's Walk Cabernet Sauvignon

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 licorice, 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...

Six Bottle Case $300.00  |  Dozen Price $570.00

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Production:

25 small open ferments ranging in size from 580Kg to 650Kg from our ‘Home Blocks - House on the Hill, Horse Paddock and Bultawilta
Total production 3500 bottles

Colour:

Rich and deep red with a brooding dark core

Nose:

Great Barossa Cabernet varietals- Piercing red berry and black currant over dark chocolate, licorice savory leather and cedar notes. Plenty of fragrant dark fruits.

Palate:

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

Philosophy:

August 3rd 2021; I‘m cracking my knuckles and doing the ol’ keyboard stretch - preparatory to writing the back label for the 2016 Georgie’s Walk Cabernet Sauvignon. Georgie (and Fiancé Turner) have finally embarked on their van tour of Australia. Following a couple of false starts and plenty of angst, the COVID destroyed international travel plans, have morphed into a working tour of our Great Southern Land. After tinning the ‘Japan travel fund’ into purchasing a HiAce tradies van, she and Turner have spent the last 12 months working (and working on the van) to transform the workhorse into their travelling home. So, over the year (since finishing her degree in Hotel Management) she’s been back at Cellardoor and odd jobbing around the place, basically turning her hand at whatever she could to help pull the funds together. In the new year, they moved back home from their place in Port Adelaide. While Turner spent his time banging pots and pans at Bar 375 (just over the hill from Mt Lehmo) Georgie became the third Generation Lehmann to work at Yalumba; doing Vintage 2021. She’s walked the same ground as her Grandfather Peter & Uncle Phil, and ultimately may have taken that fateful step that in my case resulted in a lifetime addiction to crafting wine. That said, as always, my kid’s lives are their own to live and as long as what they pursue they enjoy and do their best in; well what more could a parent ask?
I can’t deny it… Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is the stuff that blows my hair right back! If it’s a good year, Great Year or STELLAR YEAR… It never ceases to excite me. Maybe, it’s that combination of ‘Horse Paddock’ seasoned with the ‘Salt and Pepper’ sprinkle of ‘House on the Hill & Bultawilta’ blocks all underpinned with the uplifting fragrance of very tight grained, seasoned oak unique to the david Franz Georgie’s Walk that gets me? Well of course it is… that’s why I bloody make it this way! It is the variety, in short, that I value above all else! 2016 is arguably THE vintage of the last decade and in the bottle, the Georgie’s Cabernet is the Apex Predator stalking your tongue. The fruit started its journey to your glass in early March with all three blocks picked over a 7-day period. The unbelievable pre vintage ripening conditions meant that Cabernet was chock full of freshness, plenty of natural acidity and rocked wonderfully silky tannins. The 2016 Georgie’s Walk was handmade in 25 small open ferments ranging in size from 580Kg to 650Kg. Each batch was hand plunged three times a day during ferment before being basket pressed after 22 to 30 or so days on skins. The wine was then filled with full lees to a mix of new and seasoned oak for 26 months maturation. After final blending, 3500 bottles of the 2016 Georgie’s Walk Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled in late January 2019 and released in August 2021 as a five-year-old masterpiece. 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!

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