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Earthworks 2016 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz

02 May,2017
Earthworks is a relatively new brand developed under the umbrella of Hill Smith Family Vineyards of Yalumba fame. The wines are made only from Barossa fruit from small family grower and they are intended to preserve and express the unique Barossa regionality The Yalumba winemaking team approach the making of these wines with respect for tradition and independence of their home district. They are also more modern in expression with a pleasing degree of elegance. Here, I review the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, both made by Marc van Halderen. I find the wines have a finer extraction than the 2015 vintage releases. www.earthworkswines.com

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Earthworks Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia

17.5/20
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is soft and gently voluminous with moderately deep and finely concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with fragrant notes of blackcurrants and cassis, all harmoniously intertwined. The nose unveils black mineral nuances with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intense, bright and lively flavours of blackcurrants and blackberries with subtle notes of cassis and mint herb. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively with lacy acidity, and the fruit is supported by dry, fine-grained, positive tannin extraction and structure. This has linearity, and the wine carries with good energy and tension, leading to a fine-textured, lingering blackcurranty finish. This is a fresh and elegantly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with blackberry, blackcurrant cassis and minty flavours on a lively, fine-textured palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Barossa fruit fermented to 14.0% alc. 17.5/20 May 2017 RRP $22.50

Earthworks Barossa Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

17.5-/20
Full, even, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly packed and dense nose with good volume of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with dark-red berry fruit, along with notes of black pepper, liquorice and spices and black earth. The vinosity is positive on the nose, with the fruit expression a little restrained. Full-bodied, the palate has a core of ripe, stylishly restrained blackberry and dark raspberry fruit harmoniously entwined with notes of liquorice, plums, black pepper and spices. The fruit has richness and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and is supported by fine-textured tannin extraction. This has good energy, vitality and drive, and the palate leads to a sustained and nuanced finish of black fruits, liquorice and spice. This is a vibrant and lively Shiraz with stylishly restrained flavours of ripe blackberries, raspberries and subtle notes of pepper and spice on a fine-textured palate. Serve with game meat dishes and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Barossa fruit fermented to 14.5% alc. 17.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $22.50
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