St. Andrews

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.

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Previous Vintages 2009, 2010
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a deep, dark garnet colour with a subtle purple hue to the edge.
Nose The wine has an enticing, lifted bouquet of violets, blackcurrants, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. The overall aroma is one of understated richness and elegance.
Vintage Conditions Growing conditions leading up to vintage 2012 were relatively mild, with regular spring rains promoting excellent vine canopy growth. Budburst and consequentially harvest occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than in a 'typical' year. Harvest conditions were excellent with only one substantial rain event occurring during harvest, which had a positive effect. Ideal ripening and flavour development conditions persisted to the end of April when the majority of the harvest was completed. Overall, whilst yields were lower than average, the winemakers reported outstanding quality was across all varieties, with intense colour and excellent flavour development.
Oak Maturation A small proportion (approximately 20%) was fermented in headless French oak barrels. Post primary fermentation, the wine was allowed a period of extended skin contact before being pressed and transferred to French oak barrels to complete the secondary malolactic fermentation. Once MLF was completed, the wine was racked off lees, fined and then then transferred back to fine-grained French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% 2 - 3 year old) for maturation. After a period of 18 months oak maturatio ...
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.2
Acid: 6.69
Residual Sugar: 0.3
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    May 2016
    5 Stars
    Screw cap. Wonderful Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the St. Andrews Vineyard. It is very ripe and complex in flavor (blackberry, black currant, cassis, green olive, black licorice, cedar), supple and full bodied, and rich and very long on the palate, and lingering on the finish. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. 14.5% [2018-2023]
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2015
    4 stars
    "Very varietal and very regional." Lovely cassis fruit, cedary oak, some aging characters developing and balanced astringency.
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2015
    3 stars
    A lighter version of the variety; clean and somewhat advanced with a herbal nose and acid palate.
  • , Vines Magazine (InterVin)

    Nov 2015
    A solid, Old World style Cabernet with aromas of pencil shavings, dried leaves and black currants. The palate expresses ripe fruit, spice, herbs, leather and big, chewy tannins. Drink now or cellar for a few years for maximum potential.
  • Jane Parkinson, Restaurant

    May 2016
    From vineyards first established in the 19th century, this is a rich and robust combination of liquorice, blackcurrant compote and layers of coffee.