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Jester Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale

Jester Cabernet is a blend of several blocks within the Lopresti vineyard in the Willunga district, all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast. The vineyard soil types are heavy grey loam over sandstone soils, with black cracking Biscay clays intermixed. These soils have excellent water-holding capacity and require minimal irrigation. Being so close to the coast the vines experience warm summer days that contribute to fruit intensity and excellent tannin ripeness, and cooling afternoon sea breezes and nights maintain good acid levels in the grapes, allowing extended maturation on the vine and resulting in complexity of the flavor profile.  

Jester Cabernet is a “baby” Serpico, using a blend of Cabernet grapes off the Mitolo McLaren Vale vineyard. 25% of the grapes are left to dry on 10 kg drying racks for 7 weeks and 3 days in the traditional Amarone winemaking method to enhance the flavor, complexity and texture of the wine. The fruit for Jester is fermented on skins for 5 to 6 days at a cool temperature to enhance the pure berry fruit. The wine is then pressed and undergoes partial barrel fermentation before aging in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months. 

The "Jester" Cabernet names refers to Monarcho, the most eccentric of all Jesters in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. He was the only fool named by Shakespeare in any of his works, and featured in “Love’s Labor’s Lost”. Italian born, the usually blue attired Monarcho was more intelligent and politically aware than his court persona.

Jester Cabernet Sauvignon bottle