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2016 Gemtree Dragon's Blood McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Gemtree Dragon's Blood McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points James Halliday
2016 Gemtree Dragon's Blood McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points James Halliday

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A vibrant and inviting Cabernet from organic producers in the McLaren Vale. Vintage 2016 offered perfect conditions for expressive and complex Cabernet: A dry but mild summer gave a lovely long ripening, allowing Gemtree to harvest the natural and old-fashioned way -- picking on taste alone, when the flavours had reached perfect ripeness (but retained acidity). The result is a wine of real freshness and deep, complete fruit character with dark berry driving a palate of savoury, toasty spice complexities. Organic harmony meets sheer deliciousness -- a truly satisfying $20 wine.

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$19.99 in mixed 6+ or $21.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Origins

"Following a wine retail background going back to 1966, Paul and Jill Buttery established Gemtree Vineyards in 1980 when they purchased a vineyard on Tatachilla Road in the McLaren Vale. The grew the business releasing their own Gemtree label in 1998. Son Andrew Buttery now heads the company, and his sister Melissa and her husband Mike Brown look after the viticulture and winemaking. The company has made the commitment to sustainability, practising biodynamic farming and achieved Australian Certified Organic certification in 2011. Gemtree owns over 130 ha of vineyards across three main sites and makes a large range of wines over different tiers." Raymond Chan

What The Critics Say

92/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, Ned Goodwin

"Despite the warmth of the region, the maritime influence of McLaren Vale imbues strong varietal definition to its cabernets. This is no exception. Cassis, bouquet garni and an avuncular whiff of cigar box serve the wine's forceful dry extract well, conferring a sense of savouriness, despite the undercarriage of ripeness. Cabernet's stolid astringency and well managed oak keeps things focused. Very good value." Drink by 2029

Winemaker notes on current 2016 vintage

"Bright crimson with a dark hue. The aroma is vibrant, lifted, fruit driven with jubey fruits, strawberry and creamy blueberry and slightly herbaceous. This is an easy drinking wine displaying varietal purity. The palate is fruit driven, generous, lively with soft balanced acid and fine grain tannins that integrate with the fruit flavours. Veal with pomegranate glaze and roasted vegetables.

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    McLaren Vale

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    14.00%

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with BEEF
with LAMB

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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