Bright, lush and juicy, Jester Cabernet Sauvignon shows a full bodied palate and mouth filling richness. 20% of the fruit has been handled in the Amarone manner- this technique of drying fruit adds complexity and fullness and produces soft juicy tannins. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable for early appreciation, delivering excellent quality for the price.
2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
20% of the grapes used in this estate-grown wine are dried for 6-8 weeks prior to fermentation, the remainder cool-fermented on skins for 6-10 days; the wine spends 10 months in used oak. As one might expect, this has a major impact on the wine, but whether its entirely beneficial is a moot point, the desiccated fruit nuances tending to break the line of the palate. Still, the wine is interesting. Rating 91 - Drink by 2022 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2013)
Deep garnet with a touch of purple in the color, the 2012 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon presents a fragrant nose of warm cassis and mulberries with touches of cedar, pencil lead, dried mint and chocolate. Full-bodied with tons of juicy blackcurrant and minted blackberry flavors, it has a good line of medium level grainy tannins, lively acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2018. Rating 89 - Drink 2014 - 2018 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (FEB/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep and vibrant garnet red
Bright and fresh cassis, violet with typical tobacco leaf and minty herbals
Full bodied, bright flavours of red cherry, cassis complemented by more savoury dark chocolate, dusty tobacco and dried herb with tight, bright acidity and a soft framework of tannin albeit a grainy textured finish thanks to the dried fruit portion.
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months
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