Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Australia, 750ml
"Very ripe dark fruited bouquet with aromas of blackberry, black currant and Doris plums. Oher aromas include charry toasty wood, dark spices, boot polish, dark violets and black sand. On the palate - dry, full-bodied and full-flavoured with fruits and spices reflecting the nose, bold flavours with ripe wood tannins and medium acidity and a core of fruit. Balanced, well made and ready." Cam Douglas
- Winery: Serafino
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork, spicy sausage, pizza, Roquefort/bleu-veined cheeses
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is sourced from Serafino's Little Road and Malpas Road blocks in of McLaren Vale.
The Serafino story began in 1964 when Steve (Serafino) Maglieri arrived in Australia from Italy as a passionate teenager full of dreams. Two years later, with the assistance of his father Giovanni, he planted his first vines in McLaren Vale that now extends to 350 acres. Laying the foundation of a winemaking dynasty that today is known as Serafino Wines and overseen by his daughter, Maria.
From the beginning, Steve and his father worked from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to produce wines of such outstanding quality. It wasn’t long before the accolades began to flow. It’s love that saw him become Australia’s "Lambrusco King" in the 1990s, branding the wine inspired in part by his homeland under his family name. Demand for Lambrusco was so high that at its peak, Steve was producing more than four million bottles a year before selling his company to Mildara Blass in 1998.
As early as 1979, Steve was crowned ‘Bushing King’ for best red wine in the McLaren Vale Wine Show – an honour he achieved again in 1992 and 2007 - while further national recognition followed in 1997 when he won the trophy for Best Shiraz in the Great Australian Wine Challenge. Numerous awards have followed including the Trophy for Best Shiraz and Red Wine of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge in 1997 and earning the Trophy for the most consistent Shiraz at the London International Wine Challenge after winning Gold in its class for five consecutive years.
Today Steve’s daughter Maria Maglieri is the driving force of Serafino Wines, forging ahead with traditional McLaren Vale varieties as well as exciting Italian-style wines such as Fiano, Lagrein, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo and Primitivo plus the Spanish variety Tempranillo. Serafino’s rich Italian heritage shines through the names of many wines including Terremoto, the Italian word for ‘earthquake’ that is also a term of endearment to describe a spirited individual full of life and energy. Friends and family often refer to Steve as ‘Terremoto’.
Nowadays, Steve continues to be the face of Serafino and enjoys hosting local, national and international guests at Serafino Restaurant, and still loves checking the vines, tasting wines and lending a hand inside the winery. He is an active member in South Australia’s Italian community, and loves playing golf.
- Gold & Trophy - 2020 McLaren Vale Wine Show - Best Cabernet Sauvignon
- 93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas
- 95/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- Gold - 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show
- 95/100 Points & 5 Stars - Halliday Wine Companion 2021
- 95/100 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review
- 95/100 Points - 2020 James Halliday Wine Companion (2017 vintage)
- Gold - 2019 CWSA China Wine & Spirit Awards (2017 vintage)
- Gold - 2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show (2017 vintage)
- 94/100 Points & 4 Stars - Huon Hooke (2017 vintage)
- Gold - 2018 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (2016 vintage)
- Gold - 2018 CWSA China Wine & Spirit Awards (2016 vintage)
- Silver 2018 International Wines and Spirits Competition (2016 vintage)
- Silver - 2018 New World Wine Awards (NZ) (2016 vintage)
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