2016 'Victor' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Victor is the pinnacle of winemaking at De Beaurepaire Wines. Made in stellar vintages which produce remarkable fruit. Despite the flavour intensity, it is a structured and elegant wine. Juicy tannins, intensity and length yet kept in check by the fact that the fruit is grown in a cool climate which balances natural acids with sugars. There is none of the often-herbaceous character in this wine (nor in our other cabernets), as we have focused on achieving full ripeness in the vineyard.
100% Cabernet grapes, destemmed. Very slowly pressed with 3 days of cold soaking at 5 degrees. Fermented traditionally in open vats with maceration for 15 days in potter style tanks.Final maturation was in a mixture of extra finely grained, medium toasted new Seguin Moreau (French) hogheads for 17 months.
A full bodied, yet elegant cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon with complex aromatics of classic eucalypt, mint/menthol blackcurrant and earthy elements. A full varietal palate of cassis, spicy coffee and cedar with fine-grained lengthy tannins and a long, sustained flavoursome finish.
'Victor' pairs well with roasted pork, lamb or beef dishes that capitalise on caramelisation of fats and juices with a sturdy well-made jus (or gravy). Accompany with the sweetness of quality roasted potato and onions and you will be in epicurean heaven. Wonderful with a rich pâté pre-or post-dinner.
Named after our ancestor Victor-Xavier-Marguerite, Marquis de Beaurepaire, who established our line of the family outside of France and led to us emigrating to Australia