Calcare Cabernet Sauvignon is selected from the best rows of our small vineyard from the famous Coonawarra region. The renowned quality of Coonawarra is a product of its thin rocky soils and underlying soft crumbly limestone (Calcare) which naturally produce balanced vine canopies and small crops of intensely flavoured fruit.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
From the best rows in Pepper Tree’s small Coonawarra vineyard, the name coming from the limestone (calcare) soil of Coonawarra. Strong purple-red, it has abundant cassis and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of Coonawarra earth that will grow with time, and fine oak. Rating 94 - Drink to 2024 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
A fine example of Coonawarra style displaying ripe cassis fruits with lifted spice and florals.
A fine structured Cabernet that will gain further complexity with cellaring.
The soils of Coonawarra consist of thin dark brown to dark grey clays interspersed with broken limestone fragments. The shallow soil overlies soft crumbly limestone at depths of as little as 10cm so that the vines effectively grow in limestone rock. The shallow soils restrict vigour and this, coupled with rigorous canopy management, allows us to control berry size and bunch numbers and thus eventual crop load. This control of crop level and berry size gives our winemakers the best possible starting material with which to create premium red wines.