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The Barossa Valley is one of the warmest and most consistent wine regions in Australia. Growing Cabernet Sauvignon is generally considered a cool climate affair, but I love the aggressive nature of the variety, being quick growing, vigorous and hearty. Grown on the deep sand around the boundaries of our property, it is forced to push its roots down to the subsoil red clay from where it generates the largest canopies in our vineyard. In the heat of summer, the fruit is shielded from the sun which preserves the vegetative, herbaceous character of Cabernet along with generosity and richness synonymous with the Barossa climate.
Ethereal, in every sense of the word, the 2010 Boundaries is one almighty shining light in the world of Cabernet Sauvignon. It must be tried, to be believed. I think the 2010 Black Guts is every part its equal but in any other release the Boundaries would be my pick of the litter.
This is, in my opinion, the best Cabernet from Rusden since 2004-2005. It isn’t as powerful as the 2005 but it is almost a carbon copy of the 2004 which I thought at the time to be the best Cabernet vintage in our history. Unlike Shiraz, Cabernet was very low yielding this year in a warm to hot vintage. There was however, a large canopy on the vines which has undoubtedly helped to retain the varietal character in the wine. The herbaceousness on the nose is the driving force behind this vintage. The 2009 takes me back in time to our earlier vintages of Cab/Sav. Striking varietal character balanced with a huge, soft, velvety smooth palate that just goes on and on. Silky, slippery stuff.
This years straight Cabernet is a testament to our philosophy in the vintage shed. If it doesn’t come up to standard, it doesn’t go in. We only bottled about a third of what we crushed for the Boundaries this vintage. It’s only 5% new American Oak and the result is impressive for such a tough vintage. It actually takes me back to the first five vintages of Boundaries (when I couldn’t afford new oak) and is a really pure expression of Barossa Cab Sav. It’s got an amazing herbaceous nose that jumps out of the glass and a palate a half a mile long. It’s really well balanced and is a style that is drinking so, so well right now, and it has the acid to go the distance. So it’s ended up a being a really good vintage for the Boundaries.
The Cabernet yield was very low in 2007, but owing to a couple of inches of rain mid-vintage, ripening was late and slow. This has produced a big Cabernet with a herbaceous, meaty nose. The palate is viscous and rich and thanks to a little dose of the best American oak I could lay my hands on, there is an intriguing and well integrated finish of cigar smoke. It’s easy to see why the Boundaries has it’s die hard fans, with a cool climate Cabernet nose and a warm climate palate, it is an enigma.
This is a testament to how well our Cabernet stands up to adverse conditions. 06 was a tough year for anyone growing Cabernet. I decided to roll the dice and let it hang later than the Grenache because everything I’d seen in every one else’s shed hadn’t quite developed yet. Thanks to the Nurse the Cab survived the wet end to the year and ripened slowly but elegantly into a very honest representation of Barossa Cabernet. It astounds me that the Boundaries shows as much rich, forward fruit as this, from one of our coolest years.