Amherst Chinese Gardens Cabernet 2017

  • The wine shows distinctive characters of lemon pith, blackcurrant leaf, fresh crunchy pear with a textural, vibrant and typically saline finish.
  • The wine shows distinctive characters of lemon pith, blackcurrant leaf, fresh crunchy pear with a textural, vibrant and typically saline finish.
  • Matured in seasoned French oak barriques for 7 months prior to blending and bottling.
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Editors notes

Amherst distinguishes its exceptional vintages, naming them after regional folklore, such as the ancient Chinese market gardens, which dispensed fresh produce to the gold fields of yesteryear. Hand-picked fruit, wild yeast fermented, basket pressed, 25% new French oak. This is classic Pyrenees Cabernet with lashings of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit characters, mint and restrained oak influences. There was no 2018 vintage produced.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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About the brand Amherst Winery

Norman and Elizabeth Jones planted the 2-hectare Dunn’s Paddock Shiraz vineyard in 1989, and Amherst Winery was born. They followed this up by planting 1.5 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and half a hectare of Chardonnay in 1998. The winery sits 20 kilometres southeast of Avoca in Western Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees wine region. Both Norm’s grandparents and his great-grandparents had farmed the land at Amherst, and when Norm got the chance to buy some of it in the 1970s, he seized the opportunity to hold on to a bit of the family heritage. Today, second-generation vigneron Luke Jones owns and operates the business, carrying on the tradition of high-quality, small-batch winemaking. Even as a teenager, Luke was involved in the vineyards, helping to plant them, and has played a part in nearly every vintage since then. Luke spent 15 years in the wine industry in hospitality, retail, and wholesale sales, also earning a diploma in Wine Science. In 2008, he took over winemaking duties at Amherst. Since its first commercial release of Shiraz in 1995, Amherst has gained a reputation for elegant, cool-climate, handcrafted wines that wow both critics and wine lovers, also achieving a five-star winery rating in the Halliday Wine Companion. The winery’s range includes such wines as Dunn's Paddock Shiraz; Chinese Gardens Cabernet Sauvignon; Rachel's Rosé; and Daisy Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz Cabernet.

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