2006 Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot Magnum


“When we first purchased the mount hurtle estate in the historic wine district of Reynella and commenced restoration work on the winery, we also established the 4.5-acre vineyard that now surrounds the winery. Using cuttings from the Chateau Reynella nursery, the vineyard was planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (Reynella Clone) and 40% Merlot. We believe that the Reynella Cabernet clone is the oldest Cabernet clone in Australia and is renowned for bunches of small berries and a strong varietal mint character, which is evident in the wines of Pimpala Vineyard.” – Geoff Merrill

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The aroma is warm and intense, displaying earth, soy and chocolate with hints of menthol and dried herbs.

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The palate is ripe and full with fine, firm tannin and full of complex developed fruit flavours. Evident acidity provides a muscular structure adding length and longevity to this exciting aged wine.

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VINTAGE INFORMATION: A drier than usual winter followed by good soaking rains in spring resulted in vines with healthy, balanced canopies on most soils. A mild early summer leading into a warmer period reduced vigour and led to a slow, even ripening period allowing vines to channel energy into the fruit. Growers and winemakers are reporting a mixture of yields in the vineyards with the majority have observing crops significantly lower than previous years, however, others have reported increased fruitfulness, fruit set and bunch weight. Perfect conditions during harvest resulting in fruit showing rich, vibrant varietal flavours producing highly aromatic wines with balanced acidity and fine tannins. Rated as very good to exceptional, the 2006 vintage in McLaren Vale was regarded as one to remember.

Alcohol 14.5%
Maturation 26 months in seasoned American and French oak hogsheads
Region McLaren Vale

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