Fallen Giants Cabernet 2018

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FGTC201810 UCAU
The cabernet was planted along with the Shiraz in 1969. Harvested at the end of April, the Fallen Giants block is very low yielding producing 1.4 tonne to the acre. The Cabernet was fermented in open fermenters with a long cold soak and extended maceration. Plunging was done twice a day ensuring nice colour and fine tannin. Dense and deeply-coloured, this young cabernet has a nose reminiscent of cassis, tapenade and briar with smoky and vanillin notes. It's medium-bodied, with delicious juicy flavours that give a supple, soft feel, and fine-grained tannins carry it well. In some ways it's a little like a lesser Bordeaux, of the type made for early drinking rather than very long ageing. - Ralph Kyte-Powell
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  • Dense and deeply-coloured
  • This young cabernet has a nose reminiscent of cassis, tapenade and briar with smoky and vanillin notes.
  • delicious juicy flavours that give a supple, soft feel, and fine-grained tannins carry it well.
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    $30.00
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Tasting Profile

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

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell

    92
    "Dense and deeply-coloured, this young cabernet has a nose reminiscent of cassis, tapenade and briar with smoky and vanillin notes. It's medium-bodied, with delicious juicy flavours that give a supple, soft feel, and fine-grained tannins carry it well. In some ways it's a little like a lesser Bordeaux, of the type made for early drinking rather than very long ageing."

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

Victoria

The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.

Grampians

The Grampians wine region is situated near the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees hills in Victoria. Only a two hour’s drive west from Melbourne, this area is known primarily for their luscious, full-bodied red wine such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also known to produce crisp, citrus-driven Rieslings.

Home to over 15 wineries, Grampians enjoys a Mediterranean climate because of its closeness to the Southern Ocean which brings a wave of cool winds to the vineyards during the summer. During the daytime, the temperatures tend to range from warm to hot and it cools down to cold temperatures during the night. Autumns in Grampians are blissfully mild which allowing for ideal conditions for ripening grapes. The soil of this region is divided into two main types: soil which is acidic grey brown loamy sands and clay loam soils, and hard yellow soil with structured clay sub soils. Because of the acidity of the soils, the pH levels have to be increased with the addition of lime to make them favorable for grape growth. This may explain the hints of acidity and citruses in the wines of this region.

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