2020 Joshua Cooper Shays Flat Cabernet Sauvignon
Josh Cooper, son of Nelly and Allan Cooper of Cobaw Ridge Winery, is cutting his own path with the his wines using grapes grown outside of the family Vineyards.
The Shays Flat vineyard is situated on an elevated picturesque ridge in the heart of the Pyranees. The 20+ year old vines are rooted deep into mineral rich shale, quartz and mudstone soils, growing powerful yet detailed fruit. Once hand harvested the fruit was entirely destemmed, partially crushed by foot and transferred into open top fermenters. Macerated with a combination of pumping over and pigage. An extended post fermentation maceration saw the wine remain on skins for 6 weeks before elevage in various oak for 12 months, followed by 4 months in stainless steel.
The first vintage of this wine. Intense dark cherry and cassis, mulberry, lavander and black olive, flecked with wild herbs and a alluring graphite and cedar complexity. A refined palate leads with plush fruit, before a rumble of fine layered tannin and cleansing acidity with a persistent trail of graphite, dark cocoa and dutch liquorice.
- Joshua Cooper
Where: Shays Flat, Pyranees
What: Cabernet Sauvignon
How: This is very good. You can drink it now or drink it later, either way it's an absolute treat