2017 Planta Circa Cabernet Sauvignon
Circa 1880, P.F. Zimmerman planted 468 Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his family property ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. Today, these plantings form part of the Zerk Family Vineyard. We believe this to be one of the oldest bearing plantings of this variety in Australia and feel privileged to be the custodians of this special part of the Barossa.
The fruit was picked on the 6th March and was fermented in an open fermenter with indigenous yeast allowed to conduct fermentation. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with gentle hand plunging performed 3-4 times daily. After 8 days on skins, the fruit was basket pressed and transferred to 300-litre oak barrels (30% new French oak with balance into 2, 3 & 4-year-old French oak hogsheads) to undergo malolactic fermentation. Once malo was complete, the wine was then left on lees to mature for 8 months before racking. The wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 9 months. No finning was used and only a very coarse filtration was used prior to bottle. Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aromas including dark chocolate, earth, peppery spice, liquorice and blackcurrant, hints of vanilla derived from the new French oak add another sweet note.
The full-bodied textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance.