2018 Pirathon Silver Cabernet Sauvignon

The Pirathon Silver Label Caberbet Sauvignon is classic Barossa. Full bodied displaying ripe black olive and savoury notes with toasty background oak. Plush tannins add weight to this generous, harmonious and flavoursome wine.

2018 Pirathon Silver Cabernet

Overview

The first release of a Pirathon Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the great Barossa Valley vintages, 2018.  

The Pirathon Silver Label Caberbet Sauvignon is classic Barossa. Full bodied displaying ripe black olive and savoury notes with toasty background oak. Plush tannins add weight to this generous, harmonious and flavoursome wine.

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

A rich and full bodied style of Cabernet with upfront fruit and a generous mid palate. Fruit flavours are dark in the black current spectrum with savoury notes of olive tapenade and roasted beets adding layers of complexity. Tannins like all Pirathon wines are ripe and expressive ensuring drinkability from an early age. Oak is subtle (10% new French oak) with hints of thyme, cardamom and cedar.

Appearance

Bright deep red

Aroma

Lifted aromatics of black fruits, quince and olive with subtle French oak / spice aromatics

Technical Detail

 Region

Barossa Valley, South Australia.
One of Australia's oldest and most premium wine regions, famous for it's Shiraz around the world.

 Varietal

90% Cabernet | 10% Shiraz
The grapes used are grown from traditional Barossa clones first introduced to the region over hundreds of years ago.

 Sub-Regions

Moppa
The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa.
Elevation approximately 300-350m.

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years
15% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2018 Barossa Valley growing season started off well, with winter rainfall around 10% higher than average ensuring soil profiles were full. Spring saw moderate rainfall with a warmer than average October and November allowing vine canopies to grow quickly. Weather conditions allowed for good flowering and fruit set which resulted in good bunch numbers.


January and early February were hot and dry in particular night time temperatures which were well above average causing the slowing down of ripening. After February 9 the season changed to an Indian Summer with dry conditions continuing but temperatures much more moderate with only two days reaching 35 C. This led to perfect harvest conditions allowing each block to ripen slowly. Yields were down due to the small berry size, but this led to wines with amazing colour and flavour concentration.

Vineyard

The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Moppa.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested at optimal maturity in April 2018. Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. After 7-12 days on skins the fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to 10% new French and the balance seasoned American and French oak for maturation for eighteen months before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine was bottled without fining, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.