Chain of Ponds `Amadeus` Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6 x 750mL), SA.

RRP $35

$29.99 per Bottle
$179.94 per case

Selected from McLaren Range vineyard at Kuitpo in the southern Adelaide Hills, with an elevation of 360m. Soil is a sandy loam with ironstone gravel over weathering sandstone, Clone is G9V3 and the canopy is managed with a single catch wire and assisted sprawl. The result is a block which produces elegant wines of dark fruits, powerful tannins and varietal intensity.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

95pts James Hallida Published 01 August 2018

Destemmed, 2 days cold soak, open-fermented, pumped over twice daily, 30% free-run drained off after 7 days, matured in French oak (30% new) for 20 months. The completion of fermentation in barrel is a technique I first used in '73, and continued for as long as I was an executive winemaker. In this wine it has integrated the fruit and oak as expected, and also heightened the varietal cassis component.

Winery Tasting Notes

COLOUR

Deep red plum with a cherry hue.

BOUQUET

Intensely complex yet varietal Cabernet with lifted dark fruits of cassis, mulberry and blueberry, integrated with nuances of spearmint, tomato vine and tobacco leaf. Secondary flavours of spice, mocha and cashew nuts balance and fill out the nose.

PALATE

The palate is full bodied, displaying seamlessly integrated dark berry fruit and savoury characters. The result a well rounded wine with exceptional fruit weight and length. Good acidity and structural velvety tannins give drinkability now along with great ageing potential.

CELLARING

7-15 years.

MATCH

Lamb backstrap with minted pea puree and Cabernet Jus. For a more peculiar pairing try our suggestion of decadent chocolate cake or Spanish churros.

Medals & Trophies

94pts GOLD ~ 2018 Wine Showcase Magazine

94pts GOLD ~ 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

GOLD ~ 2018 International Cool Climate

Winery Profile

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The Place

The ‘Chain of Ponds’ initially described a creek which ran all the way from beyond Kersbrook to its confluence with the River Torrens near Prairie in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The area was dotted at regular intervals with small ponds, having no visible connection above the ground but never drying up even in the driest, hottest summers. Much of the chain of water holes known as the Chain of Ponds vanished under the waters of the Millbrook Reservoir in 1918.

Viticulture

The Chain of Ponds winery was established in 1985 on the outskirts of Gumeracha, approximately 4km from the original township. While vineyards have been part of the makeup of the area since colonisation, the Chain of Ponds Winery was the first major planting of any note in the northern area of the Adelaide Hills Wine region. Four thousand vines were initially planted, covering 9 varieties, consisting of 470 vines of each variety, which was further increased with an additional 150 acres planted in 1989. The first vintage being in 1988.  The winery has more recently extended the vineyard boundaries to source fruit from a much broader area of the region, which has added further complexities and subtleties to the wines themselves. Chain of Ponds produces a wide range of products and varieties which are perfectly suited to this cool climate region. The white varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Chardonnay. The reds include popular Australian varieties: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as emerging and exciting varieties for the region: Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Barbera.

Winemaker - Greg Clark

Chain of Ponds winemaker Greg Clack was awarded a winemaking degree at Adelaide University in 2003 and had extensive winemaking experience, working at wineries in the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale before joining Chain of Ponds in 2005. Greg initially working under our founding winemaker Neville Falkenberg, learning some of the secrets to producing elegant, cool climate wines. But in 2007 Neville moved on to other pastures leaving the gate open for Greg to step up and continue Chain of Pond’s drive to produce world class wines.  In 2008 Greg was a finalist in the Young Winemaker of the Year Awards. Throughout his career Greg has earned the respect of his peers for his hard work and attention to quality and has achieved many awards for his wines. He has meticulous attention to detail and is absolutely focused on quality both in the vineyards and in the winery . . . we are sure that his best wines are still to be made!

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Other Information

  • 2016 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL Bottles
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14.8% alc.
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