Country of Origin: Australia - Kangaroo Island (South Australia)
The False Cape vineyard was established in 1999 by the Follett family of Langhorne Creek, who have had a long association with Kangaroo Island. The Follett's began grape growing in Langhorne Creek in the 1880's and more recently established the award winning Lake Breeze winery.
The site selected for the vineyard is located on the Dudley Peninsula between Penneshaw and Cape Willoughby. It has two main soil types, with the north facing slopes containing pure terra rossa soil over limestone and the rover flat with fertile dark alluvial soils. Native vegetation has been retained and surrounds the vineyard, providing a natural habitat for the prolific wildlife of the area.
Silver Mermaid - Sauvignon Blanc
As legend has it, the sighting of a ‘mermaid’ was believed to be an omen for a pending shipwreck. The coast of Kangaroo Island is notorious for shipwrecks with over 50 vessels coming to grief since 1847.
The cool conditions experienced by their vineyard situated on the southern side of the Dudley Peninsula are ideal for the growing of Sauvignon Blanc and enable the grapes to reach optimum ripeness, whilst still retaining fresh natural acidity.
Precise timing of harvest along with temperature controlled fermentation has combined to maintain the pure fruit expression and delicate flavours of Sauvignon Blanc. The ‘Silver Mermaid’ displays characters reminiscent of passionfruit and guava with just a hint of grassiness and a freshness, which makes it ideal for summer drinking.
Ship's Graveyard - Shiraz
The spectacular yet rugged coastline of Kangaroo Island has claimed many ships and lives over the past 200 years. Over 80 known shipwrecks are literally scattered around the island making this a true ‘Ship’s Graveyard’.
The cool maritime conditions on Kangaroo Island along with ancient soils allow for a slow even ripening which is ideal for producing Shiraz with both depth and structure.
This wine shows lifted aromatics of pepper and spice, with a soft and supple palate and long seamless finish.
Unknown Sailor's - Cabernet Merlot
The rugged nature of the south coast of Kangaroo Island has caused numerous wrecks in these waters, including the ‘Lock Vennachar’ in 1905 where there were no survivors. A cross crudely encrypted with the ‘unknown sailor’ marks the burial place of the only body found and is a testament to the brave men who have sailed these waters.
Traditional winemaking techniques along with 18 months maturation in French and American oak have created this stylish medium bodied wine. The aroma has elements of red currants and strawberry with a hint of vanilla. These characters flow on to the palate which shows abundant fruit sweetness and soft tannins.
The Captain - Cabernet Sauvignon
‘The Captain’ refers to Captain Matthew Flinders who chartered much of the Australian coastline before stumbling across the island in 1802. Captain Flinders named the island after the large number of native kangaroos he saw on landing.
Cabernet Sauvignon seems to thrive on Kangaroo Island and at this early stage of vineyard development appears to be the superior variety for the Island. The slow even ripening influenced by the cooling sea breezes coupled with terra rossa soils produces wines of great character but also some finesse.
After harvest, 80% of the grapes spent 7-8 days in open static fermenters with 20% spending a further 2 weeks on skins to gain further depth and complexity. This was followed by maturation in new and second use French oak barrels for 18 months. This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits characters of blackcurrant and mulberry with wonderful depth of fruit, subtle oak and an elegant structure.