Are You Game? Wins Sydney Wine Competition TROPHY!

By Ian Firth

Are You Game?  Cabernet Sauvignon

Are You Game? 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon wins TROPHY!

We’re over the moon to announce a cracking win at the Sydney International Wine Competition.

Are You Game? 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has been listed in the Top 100 of over 2000 wines entered and awarded the Blue Gold Medal and Kemenys Perpetual Trophy for Best Value Dry Red Table Wine of the Competition!

Let’s just let that sink in for a little bit…  “Best Value Dry Red Table Wine.”  Wow!

Why is this award so special to us?

As you all know we blend our Are You Game? and Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wines specifically to match with game food.  From the outset, we make these wines as a companion to food.  Usually wine show judges taste the entrants unaccompanied, but the Sydney International Wine Challenge is an unusual beast as the wines are judged with food.  This of course is the perfect setting for our crafted real food wines!

So what about the wine?

Vintage 2015 was in the top ten warmest years on record in Victoria and the warmest year on record for our planet!  Rainfall was very low. This combination of conditions produced red grapes of intense colour and flavour.  The majority of the fruit for this wine was harvested from our Upton Run and Billis vineyards during the day in March and April 2015.  We fermented this wine at around 25˚C in stainless steel tanks to preserve primary fruit flavours and chose to use Lallemand Clos and Premier Cru yeast strains, to provide varietal definition and savoury complexity.  We added a dash of shiraz (10%) to add a cheeky aroma and flavour twist and then let it mature in a combination of French and American Oak.

In the glass this wine is a dark inky red colour with some shades of purple.  The aroma is full of ripe dark berries and lots of dark chocolate, with some subtle mint and smoky notes.  The palate is full-bodied, rich with a juicy blackberry quality, a lovely soft finish and great length.

We served this recently with braised wild boar and it was an outstanding match.  If there’s a shortage of wild boar in your neck of the woods, try with some rich braised pork ribs or a hearty chunk of good quality beef.

Enjoy now or reap the rewards of cellaring for up to ten years.

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