2011 Xabregas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"This wine is a true expression of the terroir and shows the quality of the fruit grown in the Figtree vineyard. A majestically balanced wine made from 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon.
"The mild conditions of '11 were helped by both sunshine and moisture at the right times. A longer ripening period resulted in more structure to the wine. The was put to oak for malolactic fermentation, then transferred to a combination of new and one year old French oak for 20 months. It was fermented at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit for seven days until it was pressed off skins in a membrane press. Pressings were returned to the free run juice and the wine had no fining or partial filtration prior to bottling.
"Inky ruby. Potent scents of dark berries, cherry pit and minerals, with notes of licorice and candied flowers gaining strength with aeration. Lively, sharply focused blackberry and cherry-cola flavors are underscored by zesty minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate. The youthfully tannic finish nicely plays sweetness off minerality and lingers with good persistence." - Importer's Notes