Purple Hands Wines Planta Circa Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
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Limited production of 468 vines, approx. two barrels. Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 15 years.
Description: Vibrant colour leads to a complex nose of varietal blackcurrant, earth, and forest floor with hints of vanilla and mocha derived from the new French oak. The full-bodied, textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance. This wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Open fermenter with indigenous yeast. Temperatures reached 28C with gentle hand plunging performed 3-4 times daily. After 12 days on skins, the fruit was basket pressed and transferred to 300 ltr oak barrels (50% new French oak with balance into 2, 3 & 4-year-old French oak hogsheads) to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. Once malo was complete, SO2 was added to the barrels, and the wine was then left on lees to mature for 6 months before racking. The wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 9 months.
There was no finning, and only a very coarse filtration was used before the bottle. Natural cork closure finished with wax.
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Woodlands Vineyard, Lyndoch, Barossa Valley
Ancestor vines (equal to or over 125 years of age) inspire the Planta Circa label – literally “planted around the region of” as the exact date of the plantings remains a mystery. Purple Hands believe the cabernet vines are some of the oldest on their roots, still producing fruit today.
The Planta Circa cabernet was first released from the 2013 vintage and received a 97-point rating from James Halliday, which ranked it amongst the top Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion.
“This is pure and simple cabernet, elegant, long and finely structured. A great cabernet vintage for this great vineyard.”
James Halliday, published 18 June 2021
The 2021 wines have just been released.