Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ This wine gathers its name from a road nearby d’Arenberg, Coppermine Road that runs parallel to our very
best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.
The grapes for this wine come largely from a near extinct clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. This unnamed clone yields no more than one tonne per acre because of its very poor setting ability and the tiny size of its berries. However, the quality of the grapes is far superior, with wonderful violet and blackcurrant aromas, great acidity and long, intense fine- grain tannins.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
The spicy 2003 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon (aged in equal parts new French and new American oak) reveals copious quantities of black currants, cedar, vanilla, and white chocolate aromas, followed by spicy, tannic, full-bodied, powerful, dense, well-structured flavors. It should drink well for 10-15+ years.
Rating 94 - Drink by 2020 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (OCT/2005)
No doubting the region; black chocolate surrounds the blackcurrant fruit centre; good tannin and oak management. Rating 94 - Drink by 2012 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (OCT/2005)
Winery Tasting Notes
The best parcels of wine that make up the Coppermine Road Cabernet mostly come from a rare and nearly extinct extremely low-yielding clone which is characterized by its violet and anise perfume, concentration and great acidity.
The Coppermine Road is vinified, as are all d’Arenberg reds, through the gentle Demoisy crusher, then headed down open fermentation, followed by basket pressing by the ‘Coq’ and ‘Bromley and Tregoning’ 19th century presses into predominantly new and first use French oak barriques for 22 months maturation before blending and bottling at d’Arenberg. We use the age-old process of foot –treading, which means the cap of skins on the fermenting juice are broken down by (wader-clad) feet to ensure the maximum flavour and colour from the skins is extracted. The Coppermine Road Cabernet will most definitely benefit from a good stay in the bottle, and may very well throw a harmless deposit as fining and filtration have been kept to a minimum.