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Lifted dark-cherry, blackcurrant and wild-herbs typify the aroma. The palate is rich, juicy and rounded with ripe chewy tannins, finishing with a lovely freshness. This wine is approachable now but will continue to gain complexity as it matures.
All parcels were individually hand harvested, destemmed and fermented in small 1 and 2 tonne fermenters. A mixture of hand plunging and pumping-over cap management techniques were employed throughout the fermentation. Extended skin-maceration occurred for up to 10 days post dryness before being pressed off and matured in a mix of new and seasoned oak hogsheads. Matured on full yeast lees for 15 months prior to being assembled, naturally clarified and bottled without finings or filtration.
The PUMPA is a blend of Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Named as a tribute to Len PUMPA and his fellow Eden Valley Vignerons who pioneered and persisted in one of Australia’s most challenging but rewarding viticultural regions.
Eden Valley had a mix of British and European settlers that tried their hand at grape-growing. When times were tough particularly in the 1920s many turned away from viticulture, however the Prussian settlers like Len PUMPA persisted in the face of difficulty, preserving with the vineyard resources we are custodians of today.
Optimum year 2028
This is magnificent; the gloriously expressed bouquet shows crème de cassis, mint chocolate, cedary wood, floral and warm spice aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that displays outstanding depth and intensity, superbly complemented by silky texture and supple tannins. It is gracefully powerful with a fabulous lingering finish.
Just a small percentage of shiraz here (10%) and it doesn’t warp the attractive cabernet character. Cassis aromas, as well as blueberries and plums. The palate has supple, blue-fruit flavors with a fresh, lithe and balanced feel. June 2019