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First Drop ‘Mother’s Ruin’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon
South Australia McLaren Vale Barossa Australia
Tasting Notes
Technical Details

This restrained, well balanced expression of McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is an ode to the ‘luncheon claret’, but it’s not as green and austere as that favourite lunchtime libation at the gentleman’s club. Early picked fruit from a vineyard with good breeding in the Willunga foothills results in an elegant, varietal style with classic First Drop drinkability.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grape blend.
This wine contains allergens, sulfites.
The Estate

The fruit is crushed/destemmed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 10 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, avour and tannin from the grapes.

Wine Making

In stark contrast to the previous year, the growing season started in the middle of a wet year. Annual rainfall was 150% of the long term average, with winter rainfall at 143% and spring rainfall at 198%. The resulting wet soils, combined with a cooler than average spring and early summer meant the vines grew slowly but healthily, and owering/set was good.

Food Suggestions

Pairs well with beef, lamb, and poultry dishes.

• Available Size: 750mL (12 pc)
• Type: Wines
• Sub-type: Wines
• Class: Red
• ABV%: 14.5

Wine Spectator – 92

"Dense wild blackberry, maraschino cherry and huckleberry flavors are at the core, with toothsome tannins and a juicy thread. The aromatics here stand out—sarsaparilla, palo santo and clove, dark chocolate and spicy cigar box notes that linger on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2036."

James Suckling – 92

"Very varietal cabernet fruit aromas with redcurrant and fresh-herb notes, as well as mint and blueberry. There’s iodine and light oak spice, too. The palate has a brand of tannin that is savory yet elegant. Italianate style here. Holds blue-fruit flavors neatly on the finish. Drink over the next five years."
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