Aramis Vineyards White Label Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet from our McLaren Vale family vineyard is one for the purists – elegant, structured and with great finesse. Concentrated dark berry fruit and liquorice flavours are beautifully balanced with firm tannins and subtle smoky notes, leading to a smooth yet savoury finish.
All fruit for the White Label reds comes from our stunning 64 acre vineyard, located in the southern foothills of the McLaren Vale region. Its unique position, just 2km away from the coast of the Gulf St Vincent, allows the vines to benefit from a maritime climate with cooling afternoon sea breezes coming in from the south west. These breezes prevent the fruit from overripening so that we are able to produce elegant wines that balance rich primary fruit flavours with the characteristic earthiness and minerality associated with the region.
The vineyards are planted exclusively with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes – the sole objective is to produce the best possible wines that reflect the unique vineyard site.
At flavour and tannin ripeness, the grapes were harvested and crushed. After 7 gentle days on skins the free run fraction was run off, and the skins were carefully pressed. The free run and pressing fractions were then combined. After 24 hours the wine was racked to a mixture of French oak barrels and tanks, where it was matured for 18 months.
The season began with low winter rainfall and a dry and warm spring, followed by a very warm December. Fruit set was good and despite the dryness the vines were very healthy. January showed some cooler weather; which slowed development down and allowed ripening to happen nice and evenly, but vintage came quickly once again at the beginning of February. Quality across the board in the 2016 vintage is very high with good depth of colour, weight and fresh fruit characters, paired with fine tannin structures.