The fruit for this single vineyard wine is grown in the Yates vineyard situated in the mid-west area of the Coonawarra. Planted in 1985, this 20 acre block borders the famous railway line and features both red/brown terra rossa and black clay soils over limestone. The 2018 vintage provided low rainfall levels during winter and small crop-levels resulted in small bunch sizes and a strong concentration of flavours. The grapes were picked in several parcels staggered across the vintage. This batch method and the timing of each pick allows for further
flavour variations and greater options when putting together the final blend.
After picking, the grapes were crushed and destemmed into an open top stainless steel fermenter with the juice then pumped over skins 3 times per day to maximise colour and flavour
extraction. The wine was pressed off into new and used oak barrels to complete primary and then malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked off its lees and transferred back to barrel for 18 months of final maturation in a mixture of new and
second year, fine grained French and American oak. After 18 months, all barrels were graded and compiled for the final blend trials.
Violet and floral aromas with cassis, bay leaf and hints of cedar oak. Lovely ripe palate with dark berries, balanced tannins and subtle chocolate notes on the finish. Balanced and layered - a great example of modern Coonawarra.
The Brand family legacy dates back to 1852, stretching over six generations. Today, Brand & Sons is owned and managed by fourth generation vigneron Sam Brand, producing boutique wine using high quality products from select vineyard sites across South Australia.
Coonawarra is renowned as one of the world’s finest wine regions with a reputation for producing some of Australia’s best red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
The wines from Coonawarra are often known for their delicacy but this is no shy red from the South-Eastern corner of South Australia. It is a big and bold crowd pleaser of a wine. Named after third generation winemaker Jim Brand, it begins with piercing aromas that could only ever be Coonawarra. Choc mint, fruit pastille and blackcurrant with a cedary edge, and it hints at what is coming on the palate – a freight train of fruit on a dry and bright palate but it also has a touch of elegance about it. Under the fruit is a firm structure of spicy oak and tannins that drive a long and sinewy finish. A bit of a brumby at the moment that needs a little time to settle but has great local personality and ageing potential.
Deep, rich colour, with an intense varietal cabernet aroma which shows crushed-leaf nuances and oak as well as berries. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with acidity and some stalky green bean notes. It will reward a few years of cellaring. Good, but just a bit raw at the present time.