Sovereign Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Sovereign happens if you do everything right and God helps and then you are one of the few people in the entire world that will ever enjoy it!
This wine is “like earth in a glass!” The vines sink their roots deep down into the black earth; pure volcano. This gives the wine personality, forthright and truthful with a sharp mineral nature. It tastes of rain on flint with that good fragrance of the countryside when dampened by the season’s first rains.
Decant the wine before serving, allowing it to breathe for the about one hour. To open, turn the corkscrew through the top of the wax cap and the cork in unison.
This is a structured, blueberry and blackberry-dominated wine with super intensity. A host of savory notes appear first as the fruit gradually opens with air. Intense, dark and decidedly brooding in style, the Sovereign packs a serious punch. The interplay of fruit, structure and acidity is compelling. Closing notes of violet, rose petal and mocha add further nuance. Sovereign delivers serious quality and tons of personality.
The bottle is a Trezzano Bordeaux style magnum designed by Bruni Glass of Milan, Italy. The details have been etched into the glass and highlighted in cherry red and white enamel. The WILLIAMSON WINES name has been etched and highlighted with actual gold. To crown this special package, the neck was dipped in cherry red wax. All of this work was performed in the hands of expert craftsmen as is fitting of such a handcrafted wine. The bottles were sparged with nitrogen and then filled by hand. The corks were fitted individually by hand - a process that insures each bottle is filled and sealed correctly. However, this step often results in a little wine being spilled on the cork, so if you remove the wax cap and see wine stain on the top of the cork, don’t worry, the cork is not leaking.
A Cabernet blend starting with the best of the 2013 harvest. Then consigned to neutral French oak barrel for a further 22 months where micro-oxygenation creates a unique, integrated and structured wine with its own soft character and the rising tannin phenomenon in the mid-palate. This wine is simply exquisite.
The additional barrel time provided a level of maturation somewhat like ten years in a bottle. For this reason the Sovereign can be enjoyed almost immediately, but if you would like to age the wine it will continue to improve for the next several years to come.
French Oak barrels for 42 months, first 22 months in new then 22 in neutral.