Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

+61 2 6362 5631

Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (12 bottle case)

Cellar Door

We (that is, Rhonda and Stephen Doyle) planted the pioneering wine grape vineyard in the Spring of 1983. These Merlot Noir vines thrived in the warm, free-draining gravels of Bloodwood. The first vintage, yielding 650 litres of exciting varietal essence, duly followed in April 1986. Over the last three decades, we have cared for and nurtured those original vines on our Griffin Road property. Today, in their maturity, they offer the best potential for the production of the highest quality, cool climate fruit which is the enduring foundation of all our Bloodwood wine styles.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (12 bottle case)

bloodwood cabernet sauvignon 2011.jpg
bloodwood cabernet sauvignon 2011.jpg

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (12 bottle case)

384.00

Deep crimson stained plum colours and a complex of rich red berry savoury notes  announce a well structured, dusty black currant infused palate framed in persistent, fine-grained French oak tannins. The definitive mouth feel and overall structure of this wine ensures that careful, medium term cellaring will further enhance the integration of this fine cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.            

 Al/Vol 13.8%

Quantity:
Add To Cart

Vineyard

The fruit for this wine is sourced from SA125 clone in the House Block at front of the cellar door and the G9V3 component comes from the mid-slopes of the Maurice vineyard between the Pinot Noir and the Merlot Noir. This gives us two different aspects and two different clones with which to play, and we like playing. The soils are slightly different with the SA125 planted over deeper red friable clay loams and the G9V3 on better drained gravely Easterly traprocks and limestone lenses. It all adds interest.

Vintage Conditions

2011 growing season was far from perfect at Bloodwood. Better than good winter rains of 506 mm led into a spring and summer over which Noah would have felt at home. From 1st September to the 22nd April we recorded 1004 mm in, over and all about our automatic weather station rain gauge. Crucially though, the ripening period from mid-March to mid-May only accounted for 62 mm of this total. Surprisingly for such a low input vineyard in a tough year like 2011, the fruit was both abundant and clean. And the dams are full!

Winemaking

As I’ve outlined elsewhere, we believe in macro‑oxygenation during the early fermentation process here at Bloodwood. And this wine is no exception. The home vineyard fruit was hand plunged with plenty of air in an open fermenter, whilst the G9V3 vineyard in the Maurice block was treated in the usual manner. A high proportion of uncrushed berries are a constant in all our red ferments, and regular splash pumping over helps bring the tannins into shape early in the winemaking process. The wine spent 32 months in mostly older French oak hogsheads before sterile filtration and bottling in January 2014.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.40
Acidity 6.4
Al/Vol 13.8 %

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson stained plum colours and a complex of rich red berry savoury notes  announce a well structured, dusty black currant infused palate framed in persistent, fine-grained French oak tannins. The definitive mouth feel and overall structure of this wine ensures that careful, medium term cellaring will further enhance the integration of this fine cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.              

Al/Vol 13.8%

Exceptional retention of bright crimson colour; a pristine cool climate cabernet with blackcurrant, black olive and cedary French oak held in a fine net of ripe, but savoury, tannins. Oh, for a spit-roasted lamb.

Rating 94
Drink by: 2024
Good hue; a distinctly savoury yet elegant wine with Bordeaux overtones; black fruits, cedary oak and fine tannins give the wine length. Screwcap.


Rating 94 points to 2022
— Mr Hallidays Review of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon