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April 17, 2021 Comments (0) Views: 179 Good Wine Revolution

Haselgrove Winery “First Cut” McLaren Vale Cab Now In Vintages

Price: $24.95 from LCBO Vintages

Haselgrove focuses on small batch production, allowing the blending of small parcels of wine to create high quality wines. Significantly, the small batch facilities allow the winemakers from Haselgrove to separate their small parcels of fruit until the final blending process, displaying terroir of the vineyard and seasonal variation in the bottle.

The First Cut Story

The principle behind our first cut wines revolves around the winemaking term ‘first cut’ in which during the pressing cycle the softer free run juice/wine is separated from the second cut or pressings. This principle flows through to the style of First Cut wines, producing wines with great drinkability well suited to be enjoyed with food or as a drink with friends.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Lifted, bright and Fresh aromatics of cassis and cranberry with developing tones of bramble and dried tobacco leaf and hints of menthol and subtle cedar oak

Palate: The palate demonstrates all the hallmarks of great Cabernet. Mid weight yet structured, bright fruit with balancing acidity and a fine line of tannin creating a long dry finish, ideal for food.

Vineyards: Selected from multiple sites through the McLaren Vale region, each displaying a unique site character which integrate well to form the final blend. Willunga area offers fruit with dark berries and hints of fennel with chewy tannins while McLaren Flat offers lifted floral notes and finer tannins and Blewitt Springs offering blueberry fruits and delicate structure.

Winemaking: De-stemmed to a combination of open and static fermenters, Left on skins for between 6-8 days and pumped over 2-3 times per day. Pressed off skins directly to oak to finish secondary fermentation. Aged for 12 months in 10% new and 90% older French Oak before bottling.

Reviews

Wine Orbit 94 Points

Wine Showcase 91 Points

Winestate Magazine 4 Stars

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 Gold Medal

McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019

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