Chapter Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Consumed: 2011 - 2021
Every so often a wine is made that exceeds all expectations, and the 2008 Chapter Three Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine. With concentrated primary aromas of cassis and blackberries complexed with subtle oak and a tickle of sweet mint, there is both intensity and interest in every glass. Perfectly balanced with a firm tannin structure that is both smooth and supple, the wine finishes with an enduring length of sweet fruit and French oak. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now, however with time and careful aging this wine will truly amaze.
Fruit for the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from 20 year old vines in exceptional vineyards in Central Victoria during April 2008. The sandy loam and granitic soil of the vineyards give the wine notable terrior. Yield was held to approx. 3 tonnes per acre and resulted in heightened quality and flavour. The Cabernet was fermented in small open vat fermenters which were hand plunged every eight hours for the duration of the ferment. Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and given time to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence. The wine spent twelve months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place.
OAK TREATMENT - 60% New French Oak, 40% 1 Year Old French Oak
Mixture of Hogshead (300 Litre) and Puncheons (500 Litre)
12 months maturation
Wine Harvest Notes
The growing season in 2008 started very well with a cool spring and good rains vital during the growing season. Harvesting began a little earlier than usual, nevertheless small berry sizes and lighter bunch weights complimented by high sugar levels produced ripe, rich and intense flavours in the berries. The 2008 growing season was a memorable one in which intensity and fruit quality were so superior, unlike anything seen for a long time. The 2008 Chapter Three Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the growing season, where wines with amazing colour depth and intensity were produced.
A perfect match for the heartiest ragouts and curries, and delicious with strong flavoured cheese. Or for the adventurous, try with a hazelnut or chocolate gelato.