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Nietschke 2018 Clara Cabernet is dark purple-red in colour. The wine bounds from the glass with varietal Cabernet aromatics including violets, wild berries, clove, licorice, blackberry and eucalypt together with some classy cedary oak. The palate is medium-full bodied displaying ripe red and black Cabernet fruits. It is mouth-filling and richly flavoured with fine grained tannins providing structure. Oak is evident, but in the background. The length on this wine is extremely long to finish. Nietschke Clara is a fine Barossa Cabernet that will cellar gracefully in the medium term.


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Growing Season

The 2018 vintage was superb. Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the
vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier
than average. Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained
strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer. Autumn also remained dry
with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest. The 2018 yields are good
and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.

Nietschke Clara Cabernet Sauvignon is from a selection of vineyards across the
Barossa. Blocks from the Western Barossa Valley, with shallow sandy loam soils and
red clay give low yields and intense flavours while one block from Eden Valley, with
its higher elevation and cool nights ensures elegance, structure and brightness.

The grapes were harvested in numerous batches from mid to late April. Following
fermentation for 7 to 14 days on skins in open top fermenters with hand pump-overs
twice daily, the grapes were pressed and the wine was aged in hogshead barrels for
two years. Both seasoned and new French oak was used.

2018 Nietschke Clara Cabernet Sauvignon