Ambervale Single Vineyard Series

Cabernet Sauvignon
2019

Barossa locals have long been disciples of the legendary Cabernet-based wines from this area. We believe this variety has a bright future in the Eden Valley, particularly where soils are dense and rich in minerals like those in our Ambervale vineyard. The challenging growing conditions leading into the 2019 vintage delivered a small crop of concentrated fruit. The resulting wine is intense and perfumed, with a structure to support many years of cellaring.

 

JAMES SUCKLING, January 2022, 93 POINTS. Berries and cherries with mint and eucalyptus. Currants, too. Medium-bodied with fine, medium-velvety tannins and a bright, fresh finish. Drink or hold.

 

ANDREW CAILLARD (The Vintage Journal, Barossa), May 2022, 95 POINTS. Deep crimson, this is an intense and seductive cabernet with blackcurrant, praline, violet and sage aromas. Supple blackcurrant, blackberry and vanilla praline flavours follow, well supported by fine loose-knit grainy/gravelly tannins before finishing chalky/chocolaty with attractive mineral length. Now–2032

 

THE WINE ADVOCATE, Erin Larkin, April 2023, 92 POINTS. Sipping this 2019 Ambervale Cabernet Sauvignon now, I am reminded of the other Ambervale wines tasted last year. They were distinct due to their mineral grayness, with notes of graphite, rocks, earth, metal filings and black berries. This wine is just like those, albeit framed in a Cabernet shape. There is cassis and bramble, but mainly the wine leans on its gritty tannins structure, and I like that very much. I would gladly drink this.

 

JEB DUNNUCK, April 2023, 94+ POINTS. More minty herbs, eucalyptus, spice, and assorted blue fruits emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Ambervale, a spicy, complex, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with building tannins and a great finish. As with the Shiraz, it has ample depth and structure and will benefit from a few years in the cellar. It too will keep for 10-15 years if well stored.

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