In my notebook there is a huge exclamation mark and the name of this icon wine is highlighted in bright yellow and there is a reason for that: the Coppermine Road 2010 is an extraordinary wine that will always remain in my memory for its beautiful aromas and rich flavours. I am so in love with McLaren Vale’s Cabernet Sauvignons!
The back label gives the answer to a question about where the name comes from?
“Coppermine Road runs parallel to our very best Cabernet vineyard in McLaren Vale, just metres from the winery, cellar door and restaurant. Planted to an almost extinct clone, this vineyard rarely yields greater than one tonne to the acre.”
And here’s what Chester says about this wine:
Let’s look closer at my impressions after tasting this wine. The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is a thick, medium red coloured wine. The bouquet is beautiful! Distinct and pure with harmonious complexity and characteristic for McLaren Vale’s Cabernet herbal notes. There are fruity aromas – black cherry, black currant, herbal and spicy aromas – peppermint and thyme; you will also find leather and green capsicum notes. I love this typical for McLaren Vale Cabernet’s greeny style!
If it comes to taste I can say just one word… heaven! Green pepper (capsicum), leather, black berries, black cherries and dark chocolate. The wine is complex, powerful, sophisticated and well-balanced. The acidity is distinct and fresh, astringent and the tannins are smooth, rounded and chalky. On the palate Coppermine Road 2010 is silky, smooth, medium to full bodied and intense. The finish is long and harmonious with black currant and silky tannins.
The Coppermine Road 2010 wine details:
Wine – Coppermine Road
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2010
Grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester Osborn, Jack Walton
Vineyards – nd
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14,2%
Barrel ageing – 18 months
Serving temperature – 16-18°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 65$
Others – RS 1.8g/l; TA 7.2; pH 3.47;
Tasting date – March 2015, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia