2007 Shirvington Wine Notes
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit from this vintage was not considered to be up to our required standard so we did not make any Cabernet Sauvignon this year.
This wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in 65% new oak and 35% one year old oak. 80% of the oak was American and 20% was French.
The nose is wonderfully fragrant with blueberry and dark cherry fruit, floral violet notes and a background of cocoa and spice adding complexity. The palate opens with dense berry fruit - ripe and juicy, yet also very fresh. This develops further with savoury toasted spices and brioche characters coming through. This Shiraz is an elegant wine with a fine and silky tannin structure. It is drinking well now and will cellar for many years.
- Wine Advocate 92 points
- Wine Spectator 90 points
The growing season leading up to the 2007 vintage was extremely dry and hot! Even with frequent irrigation, canopy sizes were small, and yield estimates were showing only a few tonnes per acre. Then, more than 50mm of rain fell during a two-day period in mid-January. This led to large scale berry splitting. Vintage at Shirvington was 3 weeks early. Despite low yields, some excellent fruit was delivered to our winemaker.