The Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is a renaming of The Consonance Red. While the Consonance name had a resonance for Duane Coates as a Shiraz Cab blend (a combination of notes which are in harmony with each other due to the relationship between their frequencies), it was decided to simplify the naming in line with the other Coates wines (The Syrah, The Cabernet Sauvignon, The Malbec, The Chardonnay etc.).
The aim with The Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is to provide a blend that has a slightly Old World take on this classically Australian style. The plush structure and refinement of red blends matured for long periods in oak such as from producers such as Vega Sicilia and Quintarelli.
Fruit for the blend is primarily sourced from four excellent vineyards; two from Langhorne Creek, and two from McLaren Vale with vine age of 16 to 80 years. The parcels undergo natural yeast fermentation in open fermenters. The longer time on skins provides colour and tannin. After basket pressing the individual parcels are transferred to wood. A small percentage of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Malbec and Mourvèdre pressings, as well as the Shiraz and Cabernet pressings, are combined into barrel to provide structure and complexity to the final blend. The oak selection was 100% French barriques of which 40% are new. After 30 months maturation the tannins have attained a silky finesse whilst retaining good structure for future bottle ageing. The assemblage was completed prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered in November of 2016. Final production stands at 175 dozen.
A good breathe in a decanter is recommended prior to serving as The Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is a closed style that takes time to open up.
"Inky crimson red in colour. An intense aroma of vibrant forest fruits accompanied by perfume, cardamom and subtle herbal notes. Plush and softly textured on the palate with blueberry and cassis fruits intermingled with dark earth and mocha flavours. The persistent finish is supported by a refreshing acid backbone and soft, pliant tannins. Best 2020 to 2030." - Winery notes