|Our Price: $23.99 / bottle (RRP: $29.00)||Case: 12 x 750ml|
'Very good depth to the crimson-purple hue, a clue to the depth and controlled richness of the cassis, blackberry and bay leaf.'
94 Points - James Halliday
Cape Jaffa winery and vineyard sits atop cave pocketed limestone on the very edge of the South Australian coastline - formed from the remains of coral and long forgotten ocean creatures as the sea made it's retreat as recently as two million years ago. A unique and isolated post, approximately 30kms North of Robe, Cape Jaffa wines are made with heart, earth and salt air.
Collaborating with erratic weather conditions and taking the path less travelled forced the hands of Cape Jaffa winemaking team Anna and Derek Hooper to cut traditional ties and be free with their craft. This craft is their passion, a passion which ebbs and flows, between the two ultimately culminating in wines of balance and harmony but, more importantly, that are very, very drinkable.
Far removed from famous wine regions and manipulative viticulture this biodynamic winery is unique and led by an unpretentious partnership. A heralding of all that is right with the modern breed of winemaker... conservation, sustainability and a love of place.
The portfolio of wines is grouped into two distinct moods, the first (La Lune and En Soleil) aimed at expressing the vineyard... wines with a sense of place; and the Cape Jaffa 'Wines about Style' range reflecting the people, with the aim of embracing innovative ideas and wine styles.
Style - Rich and generous.
The Inspiration - Those in the know realise that the best places in the Limestone Coast for Cabernet are not where you might first expect.
Selected from secret spots around the region which might vary from season to season. The focus is on varietal expression and the notion that Cabernet should taste like Cabernet. We target vineyards where fruit is round and the natural tannins, fine and soft. It's in French oak for 12 months with the aim of creating an approachable style of Cabernet with racy, red fruit.
Cellaring - This wine is drinking well now however over the next ten years it will become softer and more savoury if you prefer an aged style.
Food Pairing - Skip the chilli with this wine and instead opt for roasts and bbq cuts... lamb is especially perfect. A great wine for roast night with all the trimmings.
Alc/vol - 14.0%
'85% from Wrattonbully, 15% Mount Benson, matured for 12 months in French oak (15% new). Very good depth to the crimson-purple hue, a clue to the depth and controlled richness of the cassis, blackberry and bay leaf on the bouquet and palate alike. The texture and structure are admirable, too, the only question the (surprising) amount of oak.'
94 Points - James Halliday