‘The Captain’ refers to Captain Matthew Flinders who chartered much of the Australian coastline before stumbling across the island in 1802. Captain Flinders named the island after the large number of native kangaroos he saw on landing.
Cabernet Sauvignon seems to thrive on Kangaroo Island and at this early stage of vineyard development appears to be the superior variety for the Island. The slow even ripening influenced by the cooling sea breezes coupled with terra rossa soils produces wines of great character but also some finesse.
After harvest, 80% of the grapes spent 7-8 days in open static fermenters with 20% spending a further 2 weeks on skins to gain further depth and complexity. This was followed by maturation in new and second use French oak barrels for 18 months. This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits characters of blackcurrant and mulberry with wonderful depth of fruit, subtle oak and an elegant structure, with careful cellaring this wine will age gracefully over the next 8-10 years.
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