As a winemaker you must have vision, strength, precision and drive to craft exceptional quality wine. The Philosophy is the result of this focus. A limited release Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz blend, sourced from small parcels of super premium fruit. This is an iconic wine that displays the McGuigan family's dedication to winemaking. A wine that truly represents the McGuigan philosophy.
Vintage Conditions: The fruit is sourced from Clare Valley, South Australia, The Clare Valley is famous for producing red wines with distinct power, yet refined elegance. This is due to the regions warm days to aid in optimal ripeness and cool nights which slows the ripening down and assists in creating balance due to natural acid retention.
The Cabernet fruit is sourced from Seven Hills area of the Clare Valley. The Shiraz fruit comes from Auburn on the south edge of Clare Valley. This area is slightly warmer that the more northern localities which makes it perfect for ripening Shiraz.
Winemaking: The first pressings are fermented in 7 tonne concrete open fermenters with wooden heading down boards. This ancient method of fermentation ensures a gentle leaching of colour and tannin from the skins without over extracting them.
Once fermentation is complete the wine is transferred to new 12 month old tight grained French Oak for 24 months to mature before bottling. The wine is then stored in a temperature controlled warehouse for a further two years to continue to develop before release.
Tasting Notes: This iconic wine displays lifted aromas of Cassis and blackberries with subtle hints of dried herbs. These attractive black fruits are further reflected in the palate. The Philosophy is full-bodied wine with great depth and concentration which lingers. This is held together with velvety tannin's giving the wine great structure and longevity upwards of 10 years with careful cellaring.
Region: Clare Valley
Residual Sugar: 4.5g/L
Oak: 24 months in French Hogsheads
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