The Coppermine Road is vinified, as are all d'Arenberg reds, through the gentle Demoisy crusher, then headed down open fermentation, followed by basket pressing by the 'Coq' and 'Bromley and Tregoning' 19th century presses into predominantly new and first use French oak barriques for 22 months maturation before blending and bottling at d'Arenberg.
We use the age-old process of foot ""treading, which means the cap of skins on the fermenting juice are broken down by (wader-clad) feet to ensure the maximum flavour and colour from the skins is extracted.
The Coppermine Road Cabernet will most definitely benefit from a good stay in the bottle, and may very well throw a harmless deposit as fining and filtration have been kept to a minimum.
Chester's Tasting Notes:
Upon release, d'Arenberg's The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep vibrant young deep red - purple colour.
The nose shows intense blackcurrant fruit, slight cedary cinnamon spice barrel ferment & oak derived aromas, violet and mint scents as well as liquorice & chocolate smells. Primary Mulberry aromas are also evident on the palate. Combined with some blueberry, cassis and sweet rhubarb flavours dominating the typically rich & intense sweet, cedary middle palate flavours.
These are followed by a typically firm but fine- grained vibrant tannins, extended texture overlaying soft plum which deceptively disguise the rich powerful cassis and blackcurrant flavours.
The emphasis is on powerful full- bodied varietal fruit flavour with totally integrated barrel fermented and oak matured characters falling into the subtle cedary, smoky and cashew spectrum.
After time in bottle The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon should gain more chocolate, truffle, cigar box and earth aromas and flavours. Nevertheless it should maintain its freshness, persistent flavour, linear acidity and varietal tannin hold. Mushroom, black olive, stewed rhubarb and cooked beetroot may also play a part.
Varietal eucalyptus and bell pepper hints may also come to the fore but be well integrated with the other developing characters, maintaining an even palate weight with a seamless & persistently rolling length.
Serving and Cellaring Suggestions:
Serve at room temperature 16-24 ÂºC, now or in the next 2-20 years with a large range of full flavoured foods including duck, lamb, game and beef as well as fresh tomato and egg plant pasta, roast fillet of beef or kangaroo, venison, osso bucco or pheasant with red wine sauce. Serve after decanting as an older wine.
One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons produced in South Australia is d'Arenberg's Coppermine Road. The colossal 2001 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blackberry and cassis fruit, vanilla, Asian spices, and white flowers. Still primary and young, with great intensity as well as tremendous upside potential, it requires 5-6 more years of aging, after which it will last for two decades.
Dark, juicy and tangy, with green berry and olive grace notes to the basic currant and raspberry flavors, echoing beautifully on the long, lively finish. Best from 2004 through 2008. 1,000 cases imported.