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2002 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The Coppermine Road

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WINEMAKER/TASTING NOTES:
Upon release, d’Arenberg’s The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep vibrant young deep red - purple colour.
The nose shows intense blackcurrant fruit, slight cedary cinnamon spice barrel ferment & oak derived aromas, violet and mint scents as well as liquorice & chocolate smells.
Primary Mulberry aromas are also evident on the palate.
Combined with some blueberry, cassis and sweet rhubarb flavours dominating the typically rich & intense sweet, cedary middle palate flavours.
These are followed by a typically firm but fine- grained vibrant tannins, extended texture overlaying soft plum which deceptively disguise the rich powerful cassis and blackcurrant flavours.
The emphasis is on powerful full-bodied varietal fruit flavour with totally integrated barrel fermented and oak matured characters falling into the subtle cedary, smoky and cashew spectrum.
After time in bottle The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon should gain more chocolate, truffle, cigar box and earth aromas and flavours.
Nevertheless it should maintain its freshness, persistent flavour, linear acidity and varietal tannin hold.
Mushroom, black olive, stewed rhubarb and cooked beetroot may also play a part.
Varietal eucalyptus and bell pepper hints may also come to the fore but be well integrated with the other developing characters, maintaining an even palate weight with a seamless & persistently rolling length.
This is another one of d’Arenberg’s wines named after the road which runs down by the side of that particular vineyard.
We source from this vineyard a good proportion of our best Cabernet, which goes into this classic McLaren Vale red.
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WINEMAKER NOTES:
The grapes for this wine come largely from a near extinct clone of Cabernet Sauvignon.
This unnamed clone yields no more than one ton per acre because of its very poor setting ability and the tiny size of its berries.
However, its those tiny berries that deliver the superior quality with wonderful violet and blackcurrant aromas, great acidity and long, intense fine-grain tannins.
With bottle age, the wine will become more harmonious and gain more complex characters of chocolate, truffle, cigar box and earth.
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MORE WINEMAKER NOTES:
This is another one of d’Arenberg’s wines named after the road which runs down by the side of that particular vineyard. We source from this vineyard a good proportion of our best Cabernet, which goes into this classic McLaren Vale red. Over the past 50 years, d’Arenberg has released its High Trellis Cabernet to consistent acclaim. In the 1990’s we vinified a separately a parcel of Cabernet from the best fruit from the Coppermine Road vineyard and the rest of the Osborn vineyards. The best parcels of wine that make up the Coppermine Road Cabernet mostly come from a rare and nearly extinct extremely low-yielding clone which is characterized by its violet and anise perfume, concentration and great acidity. The Coppermine Road is vinified, as are all d’Arenberg reds, through the gentle Demoisy crusher, then headed down open fermentation, followed by basket pressing by the ‘Coq’ and ‘Bromley and Tregoning’ 19th century presses into predominantly new and first use French oak barriques for 22 months maturation before blending and bottling at d’Arenberg. We use the age-old process of foot –treading, which means the cap of skins on the fermenting juice are broken down by (wader-clad) feet to ensure the maximum flavour and colour from the skins is extracted. The Coppermine Road Cabernet will most definitely benefit from a good stay in the bottle, and may very well throw a harmless deposit as fining and filtration have been kept to a minimum.
SOURCE:http://www.darenbergwines.co.uk/acatalog/Coppermine_Road_Collection.html

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