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Shirvington Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


A dark red wine with a fragrant nose of blackcurrant, mulberry and dried thyme. Secondary notes of cocoa powder, espresso and cigar box emerge on the savory palate. Vivid red and black cherries weave around finely textured tannins and black pepper spice. Rich and mouth filling, this 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has a concentrated, fruit driven finish with firm acidity that ensures its longevity.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
he Estate-grown grapes for this 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon come from the Redwind Vineyard that the Shirvingtons planted on red and black clay over limestone soil in 1996. Sustainable farming practices are used in all Shirvington vineyards. The 2012 vintage in McLaren Vale was the most “grower friendly” since 2006. The favorable weather conditions helped contribute to a vintage of great quality across all varieties in the district. As the winter and spring periods were warmer and drier than usual, smaller than average crops resulted through the entire region. The quality of the fruit was excellent; varietal, yet full-bodied with plenty of depth and complexity. The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 20 months in 90% French oak and 10% American; 58% new oak, 16% one-year old and 26% two-years old.

Serving Hints
This wine is ideally served at room temperature with red meats and hearty dishes.

The owners of Shirvington (Lynne and Paul), in close collaboration with their viticulturist and winemaker, have been making the highest quality wines from McLaren Vale since the release of their 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded “wine of the year” at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show and received a 94 rating from Wine Advocate. None of their vintages since have garnered ratings in the major wine publications below 90.

PRODUCER: Shirvington
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: McLaren Vale
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Press Highlights

2012: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #220, Aug. 2015
2011: 91+ Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb. 2014
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate #205, Mar. 2013
2010: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, April 2014
2009: 93+ Pts -Wine Advocate #199, Feb. 2012
2008: 91 Pts  Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar, July-Aug 2010
2006: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Oct 2007
2005: 95 Pts - Wine Advocate, Oct. 2006

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