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The Linnaea project is a fascinating one. Between winemaker Michelle Edwards and agricultural scientist Daniel Fischl, this husband and wife team have carefully chosen vineyards from around the world to make the kind of wines they like to drink.
The wines reach from Nappa Valley to Barolo, but this, the Arlequin Cabernet Sauvignon is their only 100% Aussie grown wine.
The fruit comes from a vineyard in Heathcote planted to the world famous red Cambrian soils.
The 2013 release is a densely fruited yet elegant style of Cabernet, with a splash of Cabernet Franc thrown in for a gorgeous perfumed lift. It’s at once so Cabernet yet so Heathcote. It’s a brilliant wine and an interesting diversion for those who stick to the ‘classic’ Cabernet producing regions in Australia.
What It Tastes Like
There’s a lovely softness to this wine. It almost feels pillowy, if Cabernet ever could. There’s a hint of violet, some leafy green notes all along the blackcurrant/cassis theme. It’s long and fine in the mouth, strings of tannins trailing the fruit like the train of a wedding dress. Great wine, interesting and beautiful to drink.
This wine was crafted from a blend of three grapes: the historic Reynella and Mt Ida clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a generous splashing of dry-grown Petit Verdot, all planted in the oldest vineyard soils on earth, the 590 million year old ancient red Cambrian soils of Heathcote, Victoria.
Fermentation. Aged 16 months in a mix of French barrique and puncheon. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Heathcote’s reputation is for big Shiraz. And they do it so well. But the times they are a changin’ with Italian varieties such as Fiano, Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino all finding themselves well at home in the ancient Cambrian soils.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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