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2018 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Barossa Valley, SA

A phenomenal long-term cellaring option from precious ancient vines in the Barossa Valley.

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We believe this wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade

About The Wine

This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from one of the oldest plots of Cabernet fruit in the country, and for that matter, the world.

Historical records point to the vineyard being planted around 1880 by wine pioneer PF Zimmerman. Situated on the outskirts of the Lyndoc subregion, the vineyard consists of 468 of these Ancestor Vines which yield little more than a couple of barrels of impeccable Barossa Cabernet.

This fruit for many years was commissioned by a much bigger wine company who used it as a portion of a much bigger blend. But after a few chats and a hand shake it is now in the very capable of Craig Stansborough and Mark Slade and the fruit is getting the respect it deserves. This is a stunning Barossa Cabernet that truly speaks of the vineyard. It has become one of the most elite and most cellar-worthy Cabernet wines in SA today.

About Purple Hands

Purple Hands are an excellent Barossa producer crafting tiny quantities of some very elegant and flavourful full bodied reds.

Holding the reigns are Mark Slade and Craig Stansborough - the latter of which is chief winemaker at well-known Barossa winery, Grant Burge. Craig's own vineyard supplies much of the Purple Hands fruit. A distinguished ancient vineyard planted around the end of the 1800s forms the basis of the Planta Circa label. And the After Five Wine Co. wines showcase other special sites from around the region that they believe have a rare quality of character.

These wines exemplify the classic regional characters of power and presence and will reward patience in the cellar for die-hards of the region.

Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade
Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade
Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aroma’s including varietal blackcurrant, earth, forest floor hints of vanilla and mocha derived from the new French oak. 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.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Craig & Mark in the vineyard
Craig & Mark in the vineyard
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"It’s a wine wholly unto itself, powerful yet svelte, concentrated and deep yet lifted on sheets of fine, bulging, grippy tannin and cool acidity. It’s so seamless, flows beautifully, a gilded freight train of cabernet heft and engineering with grace and glide on its side. Scents of mulberry, truffles, bouquet garni, old fire pit and old spice cupboard, but no labouring under oak or syrupy fruit, everything just so and formidably balanced. Flavours marry a similar array of words. It’s a righteous, outstanding cabernet from the Barossa that leaves me scratching my head and rubbing my belly. Righteous." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Fermented with indigenous yeast, hand-plunging 3-4 times daily, 12 days on skins, basket-pressed and transferred into new (50%) and seasoned oak, mlf, left on lees for 6 months, racked and returned to oak for 9 months. Eye-catching deep purple for a wine that shows stylish winemaking at every step. Old vines may be the star, but good winemaking brings added lustre. Aromas of loamy earth, ripe cassis, garden mint and dried leaves. A wealth of bright notes on the palate, sweetly spiced oak, supple tannins with tight finish. A keeper." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

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