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2017 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

'Wow. I’m tempted to describe this as elegant but it has so much power and I’m wary of giving the wrong impression. It offers pure blackcurrant fruit flavour and then layers boysenberry, bay leaf, dust, smoked meats and sweet herb notes throughout.'
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

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  • At 468 vines, and just a handful of bottles eeked out, this Ancestor Vine Cabernet from Planta Circa is the pinnacle of small batch wine-making. 

    Not because the winemaker was having a little experiment, or trying something a bit out-there that they weren't confident with, but solely because the super-ancient grapes that went in to this wine are at the very end of their lifespan. Nearly 140 year old Cabernet vines from Lyndoch in the Barossa are the origins of this brilliant wine - now in its 5th vintage - which, given the vines age, means only a total of 900 bottles can be produced. The vines are old, weary and not so fruitful, but from what grapes do remain each vintage, the flavour is just otherworldly. Concentrated Barossa Cabernet, with so much vitality and viscous dense concentration, this is a unique opportunity to drink from some of the oldest still-producing Cabernet vines in the world.

    Made by Purple Hands, with winemaker Craig Stansborough at the helm (who also happens to be chief-winemaker at Grant Burge during the day) this might be one of the most exciting wines we sell all year. Get in on it.

    In the past this wine has received 98 points from Halliday, and 97 from Wine Front, while this latest vintage has notched up 95 points from Campbell Mattinson, (who was almost flummoxed about what score to give the wine, tossing up whether to go as high as 97 points).

    Get on it.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The Planta Circa wine label was created after they literally stumbled across a unique piece of Barossa viticulture history.

    In 2012, winemaker Craig Stansborough uncovered 468 exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon vines hidden at the back of an old vineyard across the road from the Zerk Family Vineyard outside of Lyndoch.

    The historian they asked to investigate unearthed the amazing story of PF Zimmerman and the family owned vineyard originally established back in the mid 1800’s. The vineyard was planted by his father and handed over to PF Zimmerman sometime in the 1870’s where it was further developed.

    The original vineyard did not have any Cabernet plantings, but thanks to local newspaper evidence, PF Zimmerman was quoted as protesting the low price of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the first few years of the 1900s.

    Thanks to this information, the Cabernet vines are estimated to have been planted between 1880 – 1890.

    These ancestor vines (vines equal or over 125 years of age) are the inspiration for the Planta Circa label – the name literally means “planted around the region of” as we are not able to offer the exact date of plantings.

    TASTING NOTES

    Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aroma’s including dark chocolate, earth, pepper spice, liquorice and blackcurrant, with hints of vanilla derived from the new French oak adding another sweet note. The full bodied textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance. We believe this wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and a wine that represents the pedigree of these ancient vines.

  • REVIEWS

    'The main source of this wine is a small patch of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted near Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley in or around 1880. It’s been on a fantastic run over the past few years.

    Wow. I’m tempted to describe this as elegant but it has so much power and I’m wary of giving the wrong impression. It offers pure blackcurrant fruit flavour and then layers boysenberry, bay leaf, dust, smoked meats and sweet herb notes throughout. It feels lively and svelte from the outset, though the power of the fruit takes time to unfurl. I considered rating this at both 94 and at 97; it’s clearly of gold medal standard, it’s just a matter of how high.'

    95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front