Bellwether Ant Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Sue’s passion for Cabernet started, whilst working with the old wines that carry the great history of the South Australian wine industry, including Penfolds and Hardy’s. This experience coupled with vintage in Bordeaux has allowed Sue to hone and develop her skills to produce her style of Cabernet.
The Ant Series Cabernet comes from a different block in Coonawarra than her flag ship Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are younger and come from clone CW-44, which is the original Coonawarra Cabernet clone and creates delicious fruit forward approachable characteristics. The grapes are machine harvested and then sorted into whole bunches and whole berries. The juice macerates on the skins for 5-7 days and is transferred into a third new barriques with the remainder 3, 4 and 5 year old for elevage.
The Ant Series Cabernet is very obviously Coonawarra with delicious black currents, black berry jam, a slight eucalypt and dried menthol leaf. A full body Cabernet with dark chocolate and cassis and a savoury oak spice. This wine is made to enjoy and drink early.
The Bellwether “Premium Wines” focus on the unique micro climate and characteristics of the vineyards and the varieties that are grown. Currently Sue produces a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the premium range and releases the wines when she thinks they are ready to drink, generally after after 4 – 5 years bottle ageing. These wines have great structure and are built to last, which is easily recognized when opening a 2015 Cabernet or 2016 Chardonnay.
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