Ripeness with Balance Are What We Seek
Auld & Burton McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Region:McLaren Vale, South Australia
The uniqueness of McLaren Vale comes from the ocean frontage and the inland heat flowing in from beyond the Adelaide Hills. The story of the wines is how the two climates, cool and warm, interact each vintage across the gently sloping vineyards of McLaren Vale.
There are many fine vineyard regions across the globe that are close to ocean beaches, yet none are positioned just like McLaren Vale where the tension of cool ocean breezes and the inland summer heat confront each other during the ripening period. The cooling ocean tempers the final flavour of the wine in ways that modify the mid palate sweetness created by the daylight heat.
An all-round drinker should balance the wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to gather the best of both worlds while discussing the differences.