'The Three Graces' Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2006
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Tasting Notes

The ‘Three Graces’ is a classic Bordelais blend of three of the worlds most noble varieties.

A classic lifted nose of blackcurrant cassis and cedar wood with hints of black olive, pepper, violets and tobacco.

The palate is an integrated blend of flavours, svelte and seamless showing prominent blackcurrant fruit delicately interwoven with tobacco leaf, capsicum, black pepper and savoury French oak giving the wine an undeniable elegance and generous length.

Winemaking

Arriving in small individual crates the hand picked, uncrushed grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 7 days on skins at 26° C. The skins were gently pressed in the JLB Vaslin Bucher press and the individual parcels were matured separately for three months before being racked, blended and undergoing a further 15 months in French and American oak hogsheads. In order to retain maximum finesse and elegance the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Reviews
*** Stars
Review by: Winestate
*** Stars Decanter Magazine
Review by: Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine
A Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Merlot (10%) blend offering up minty, herbaceous overtures on top of a bedrock of dark cocoa, blackcurrant-led fruit. Plenty of classic, sweet Barossa fruit.
*** Stars - Cabernet & Cabernet Blends Tasting
Review by: Winestate
18 Tasted , 13 recommended Cabernet & Cabernet Blends Tasting
Elegant, rich and smooth
Review by: John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph
‘Elegant, rich and smooth Barossa Valley red with the flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc delicately interwoven to produce a cracker result.'   
88 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion
The Three Graces Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc/ Merlot 2006 Carries on with the attractive fruit of the '06 Cabernet, albeit lightened with these extra varieties, not native to the Barossa Valley, as it were. Screwcap 14° alc. RATING 88 DRINK 2012 DATE TASTED Mar 08
Bronze Medal
Review by: Boutique Wine Awards 2008
Bronze Medal
Review by: 2009 International Wine Challenge
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Silver Medal
Review by: AWC Vienna 2009

 

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WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
82% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Cabernet Franc / 8% Merlot
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
DATE BOTTLED
December 2007
% ALCOHOL
14 %
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2006 Three Graces
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Tasting Notes

The ‘Three Graces’ is a classic Bordelais blend of three of the worlds most noble varieties.

A classic lifted nose of blackcurrant cassis and cedar wood with hints of black olive, pepper, violets and tobacco.

The palate is an integrated blend of flavours, svelte and seamless showing prominent blackcurrant fruit delicately interwoven with tobacco leaf, capsicum, black pepper and savoury French oak giving the wine an undeniable elegance and generous length.

Winemaking

Arriving in small individual crates the hand picked, uncrushed grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 7 days on skins at 26° C. The skins were gently pressed in the JLB Vaslin Bucher press and the individual parcels were matured separately for three months before being racked, blended and undergoing a further 15 months in French and American oak hogsheads. In order to retain maximum finesse and elegance the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Reviews
*** Stars

Score: Stars
Review by: Winestate

*** Stars Decanter Magazine

Score: Stars
Review by: Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine
A Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Merlot (10%) blend offering up minty, herbaceous overtures on top of a bedrock of dark cocoa, blackcurrant-led fruit. Plenty of classic, sweet Barossa fruit.

*** Stars - Cabernet & Cabernet Blends Tasting

Score: Stars
Review by: Winestate
18 Tasted , 13 recommended Cabernet & Cabernet Blends Tasting

Elegant, rich and smooth
Review by: John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph
‘Elegant, rich and smooth Barossa Valley red with the flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc delicately interwoven to produce a cracker result.'   

88 Points

Score: 88 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion
The Three Graces Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc/ Merlot 2006 Carries on with the attractive fruit of the '06 Cabernet, albeit lightened with these extra varieties, not native to the Barossa Valley, as it were. Screwcap 14° alc. RATING 88 DRINK 2012 DATE TASTED Mar 08

Bronze Medal

Score: Bronze Medal
Review by: Boutique Wine Awards 2008

Bronze Medal

Score: Bronze Medal
Review by: 2009 International Wine Challenge
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Silver Medal
Review by: AWC Vienna 2009

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2007 |  2008 |  2009 |  2010 |  2011 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
82% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Cabernet Franc / 8% Merlot
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
DATE BOTTLED
December 2007
% ALCOHOL
14 %
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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