Monday, 21 September 2015

2012 Estate Winemakers Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

 PERFECT match with a home-made
beef or lamb meatloaf.
A TOP CANBERRA CABERNET? SHAW IS
David Ellis
                       
WHILE the 2012 vintage may have gone down as the coldest in sixteen years and one of the wettest in history in Canberra's Murrumbateman area – only 2011 and 1989 were wetter – it did give winemakers ideal temperatures during the ripening period, excellent soil conditions and great vine health, and all of which resulted in superb fruit on harvest.

Cabernet Sauvignon did particularly well, and local maker Shaw Vineyard Estate has now released a 2012 Estate Winemakers Selection Cabernet Sauvignon that at just $16 is great value for this stellar drop.

One of the Canberra wine region's highest-elevated vineyards, Shaw Estate sits across a sloping site that gives it both optimum sunlight and protection against potential frost damage (through good air drainage,) and is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon – the 2012 Winemakers Selection a lovely cool climate drop with beautifully ripe blackcurrant fruit flavours on the palate and fine tannins to finish.

One of those delightfully "easy, drink-now wines," it's a perfect match with a home-made beef or lamb meatloaf.

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