Winemaker - Marnie Roberts
Grape Variety - 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 3 % Malbec 3% Merlot
Region - Clare Valley
Colour - Dark blood red
Bouquet - The Black Magic Woman follows in the footsteps of our ‘Nirvana Reserve Shiraz’ in that we lavish both wines with extended oak maturation in 20% new French oak. The nose shows cassis, dark plum, leathery spice and cheeky hints of fennel.
Palate - This wine defines charisma! Juicy plum and dark cherry fruits combine with licks of mint and fennel that overlay a slatey-granite earthiness. It’s a deep, dark, dangerously intense cabernet with integrated tannins and dense dark fruits wound up in savoury spice. This vintage of Black Magic Woman is alluring with a lingering persistence - a wine that defines the robust and delicate varietal nature of Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
General - This is only our fourth release of a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – it is only made when we have a standout vintage from the old cabernet vines in the Churinga Vineyard, located just North of Watervale. These dry grown, gnarled old gentlemen produce grapes that epitomise Clare Valley Cab at its best. We allow this parcel some extra ripening to further concentrate flavour on the vine and then treat it with kid gloves in the winery. Two years in oak and minimal filtration produces a wine of depth, concentration and structure…a red to bewitch you!
Serve With - Definitely a cellaring proposition – 8-10 years, however, try now to enjoy the robust delights of this wine in its youth. Serve with slow cooked lamb shoulder and rosemary and prosciutto potatoes.
Alcohol - 14.5%
pH - 3.56
TA - 6.5g/L