Plantagenet Aquitaine Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mount Barker

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Plantagenet Aquitaine Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mount Barker
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With its deep crimson colour, the Aquitaine Cabernet Sauvignon almost could be of royal lineage. An Australian wine that wears its 'three lions' with pride, Plantagenet's flagship Cabernet is the kind of wine you'd reach for when you want to be in no doubt about making an impression.

Notes of cedar mingle with cassis, with hints of aniseed, crushed blackberry leaf, and a rich, earthy sophistication. This is no shy and retiring red wine, with its almost textbook Cabernet Sauvignon character leaving you in no doubt as to its seriousness.

Whilst you'll be spellbound now, it will repay cellaring for the next decade at least, providing years of delicious enjoyment.

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Plantagenet is in a happy place at the moment. This deliciously juicy cassis-accented wine should melt the heart of the most dedicated Pinot Noir drinker; the palate is the epitome of elegance, the finish sustained by super-fine tannins. James Halliday 95pts
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Percentage Alcohol

14.0

Region

Mount Barker

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

Country

Australia

Style

ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2014

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Lamb, Stews

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Special Price £25.99

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The Producer

Plantagenet Wines' history goes back to 1968, when Tony Smith (of the WH Smith family) emigrated to Australia's Great Southern region, in Western Australia. Sheep farming was all well and good, but Smith had visions of planting vineyards too, and one of the pioneering Mount Barker (a sub region of the Great Southern) was born.

Tony Smith claims to trace his lineage back to the famous English Royal house, so the name Plantagenet was chosen for the new winery. Today Plantagenet is known for its super-stylish Cabernet Sauvignon, with Shiraz and Pinot Noir also exceptional. Their Chardonnay and Riesling wines have also captured the attention of Australia's top wine writers.

The Winemaker

Following in the footsteps of top Australian winemakers John Durham and Cath Oates, now it's Luke Eckersley's turn to continue Plantagenet's meteoric rise. Raised on the family farm in Great Southern, Luke gained winemaking experience in Europe and North America after his studies at Curtin University.

Just three years into his role as Senior Winemaker at Plantagenet, Luke's efforts are clearly paying dividends. Two small parcels of grapes from Wyjup are the raw ingredients for this superb Cabernet Sauvignon, where the warm days coupled with cool nights make for ideal ripening conditions. Kid gloves in the winery, including 20 months oak ageing (with 40% new oak), complete the impressive picture.

The Region

Right down on Australia's south-western tip lies the Great Southern region. Covering quite some area, it's not surprisingly divided into the sub-regions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Porongurup, and Mount Barker.

Sharing similar soils to the Margaret River region, Mount Barker sees large distances between vineyards, interspersed with stunning, wild landscapes that attract tourists for their breath-taking wildflower displays.

A continental climate is offset by cool nights, thanks to breezes from the Southern Ocean. Rainfall, at around 6-700mm per year, is just about perfect for growing vines. Wines from here take on a unique character, that's led to their being highly sought-after both in Australia and further afield.

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Blackened Steak With Red Wine Jus

A simple rump steak calls for a full-bodied red to square up to the dense structure of the meat. Head to rich, structured reds with some oak ageing to give a touch of spice. Matching this steak with a crimson, rich Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon will show off why it's a match made in heaven.
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Beef Stew and Dumplings

A hearty rich stew calls for a medium bodied, savoury red, rather than very rich, full-bodied styles. Try Bordeaux blends such as the Plantagenet 'Aquitaine' as a juicy, complex quality food match.
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Roast Lamb With Herb Butter

Lamb is a classic match for Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo or Sangiovese with the balanced tannins and cedary flavours of the wine perfectly matching a simple roast. The 'Aquitaine' Cabernet Sauvignon will match your lamb beautifully while complementing the herb butter and rich meaty flavours.
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