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Domaine A Petit a Cabernets 2011

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Petit ‘a’ originates from the same ancient terroir and bears the hallmark typicity of Domaine A. It is a fine wine possessed of genuine ageing capacity that can yet be enjoyed while relatively youthful. Benefitting from identical viticultural rigor, it is crafted to evolve a little earlier in order to be appreciated upon release or cellared further. Domaine A Petit ‘a’ is an assemblage of classic Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The grapes are harvested entirely by hand from old estate vines. Typically, veraison will happen in February and picking in mid April. The 2011 release of Petit ‘a’ is proving to be a vintage of tremendous quality and consistency. Petit ‘a’ is crafted in small batches employing traditional techniques including open vat fermentation, regular racking and hand plunging. It is matured in seasoned French oak barriques for 2 years and rested in the cellar for a further year or more until ready for release. Domaine A has a proven record of critical acclaim in company with the great wine estates of the world. It is recognised in the elite echelon of Australian wine and enjoys a strong following among collectors. - Winery Note

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Domaine A is set in one 
of the most pristine natural environments 
in the world.

Established in 1973, the historic Stoney Vineyard is the oldest in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley. Just half an hour's drive from the city of Hobart, the 11ha single vineyard domaine is owned and operated by H. Peter and Ruth Althaus. It is the culmination of a long and exhaustive world-wide search for terroir ideally suited to cool-climate viticulture.

Ancient soil and truly cool climate give rise to inspirational terroir founded on 200 million year old Jurassic Dolerite. Domaine A lies on a north facing slope that enjoys a temperate maritime climate and extended sunlight hours over a long, cool season. Domaine A experiences some of the longest sunshine hours in Australia, ensuring grapes ripen to develop the full spectrum of varietal character. The vineyard is close planted in the European tradition (1.9 x 0.9m), with a density of 6000 vines per hectare. The sloping North-North Easterly aspect and foliage height of 1400mm enables vines to take full advantage of prolonged sunshine. Annual rainfall is often less than 500mm. Grapes ripen well into late April and early May, bringing flavours of great subtlety and intensity to the wines.

Varieties grown include red grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir and the white grape Sauvignon Blanc.

Peter Althaus personally selects the fruit for harvesting. During the cool days of Autumn when the fruit is at the point of optimum ripeness and flavour it is hand-picked and crafted with minimal intervention. The wines are made without compromise in the spirit of the finest traditions of winemaking.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesMinimal Intervention
Product typeWine Red Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends
Vintage2011
CountryAustralia
RegionTasmania
Sub-RegionCoal River

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