2018 Purple Hands Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley – There are many little pieces of viticultural history in the Barossa and in 2012 Purple Hands became the custodians of one of these truly unique vineyards. With no records available to indicate the history of this vineyard, they engaged a historian to investigate. They unearthed the story of PF Zimmerman and the family owned vineyard originally established back in the mid 1800’s.
The original vineyard did not have any Cabernet plantings, but thanks to local newspaper evidence, PF Zimmerman was quoted as protesting the low price of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the first few years of the 1900s. Thanks to this information and records of grapes from the vineyard being delivered to Seppeltsfield in 1889, they believe the Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet vines are estimated to have been planted between 1880 – 1890.
These ancestor vines (vines equal or over 125 years of age) are the inspiration for their Planta Circa label – the name literally means “planted around the region of” as they are not able to offer the exact date of the plantings. They believe the Cabernet vines are some of oldest on own roots still producing fruit in the world today. Unfortunately, they can only produce small volumes due to the tiny plots and generally low yields. These low yielding vines only give them enough fruit to allow produce 100 -150 dozen each year.
Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and a complex array of aroma’s including varietal blackcurrant, earth, forest floor hints of vanilla and mocha derived from the new French oak. The full-bodied textural palate combines sweet fruit, fine oak and fruit tannin to give the palate richness with balance. We believe this wine displays all the elements of great Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Single Price: $80.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $65.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $780.00