Sourced from the Zerk vineyard, first planted around (hence Planta Circa) 1880 by PF Zimmerman at Lyndoch in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Arguably Australia’s oldest Cabernet (planted on its own roots). Purple Hands is a partnership with esteemed winemaker Craig Stansborough and Mark Slade. 12 days on skins, basket pressed to 300L French oak barrels (50% new and the rest into 2, 3 & 4 year old hogsheads), left on lees to mature for 6 months before racking, then back into the same barrels for 9 months.
Purple Hands Wines, Planta Circa , Ancestor Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, 2021
Bruise purple. smoky blueberry and blackberry fruit, fine pencil shavings, pastille on the pull away. After dinner mint, touches of vanilla oak, heady violets and silty earth. Fine, rumbling tannins underpinning a silky wine of exceptional concentration. Precise length through the juicy finish with a ferrous steely line. Top notch Barossa Cabernet indeed.
Rating: 18.5/20 (94/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Purple Hands Wines