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.