Guardian Of The Barossa Valley
Karrawirra Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The best of the best Cabernet Sauvignon fruit becomes the Karrawirra and this is fermented in open fermenters, the method we prefer, then aged in oak barrels. We were delighted a few years back to be offered the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Schwarz Family, Biscay Road property south of Tanunda-a locale we knew very well.
The first Karrawirra Cabernet was the 2008 and while the wines have been exceptional they have been sourced from different vineyards. With this second release the Karrawirra has found its home.
While Shiraz can rightly be said to have its spiritual home in the Barossa Valley, Cabernet is far more recent with plantings expanding from the 1980s to meet new consumer demand.
Shiraz and Cabernet are now the most favoured reds in most vineyard regions though of the two, Cabernet is normally better as the vineyards climb in elevation and become cooler. We have at times blended Barossa Shiraz and Cabernet and while our thoughts are still open I think they are better as single varieties.