Sam Miranda Super King 2008
This is an intensely rich and brooding red wine with great depth of colour, flavour and aroma, and fabulous structure. On release, this blend is a perfect balance of fresh Sangiovese red fruit and earthiness, and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon blackberry and cassis. The structure combination of Sangiovese’s linear acidity and flavour length, rounded by ripe Cabernet tannins and a touch of vanillin oak, suggesting the wine will age very gracefully, very much in the
style of its traditional namesakes.
Each small batch of fruit was handled separately, with the final blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet not determined until just prior to bottling. Both varieties were fermented in small static fermenters, with very gentle cap management, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was allowed to soak or ‘macerate’ on skins for five days after the completion of primary fermentation. Malolactic
fermentation and maturation for 12 months was in French Oak barrels, of which approximately thirty percent were new.
2008 was a very warm and dry vintage, with ideal conditions allowing all varieties to develop their full flavour and ripeness potential, while maintaining the typically fabulous natural acidity and balance that make the King Valley such an ideal viticultural region. Both varieties were harvested from the best single vineyard sites, located at the very top end of the valley, near the town of Cheshunt. As is usual in the King Valley, harvest timing was in response to ripeness of flavour and acid balance rather than sugar indices. Sangiovese was harvested on the 10th of April and the Cabernet Sauvignon on the 18th March.
Sangiovese 70% & Cabernet Sauvignon 30%