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Wines shown below are currently available at the cellar door or by email, mail, fax or phone order*.

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*Wine availability and prices are subject to variation. All prices include tax. Delivery charges not included in wine price.

 

Tasting Notes:

Cabernet Shiraz 2013 (PDF)

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (PDF)

 

 

Helm Premium Cabernet sauvignon 2009        

If Riesling is the Queen of Grapes, then Cabernet is the King of Grapes. Cabernet has always been a speciality of the Helm winery and the Canberra District is perfectly suited to growing this wonderful variety. It has similarities to Bordeaux and is influenced by easterly winds in the summer which bring a hint of salt from the ocean. Helm Wines has been successfully making Cabernet sauvignon wines since 1979. However, a trip to Bordeaux Premium Growth wineries in 1999 by winemaker Ken Helm, with his son Matthew and grape growing neighbour Al Lustenburger, inspired this style of wine and the 2005 vintage was the first release attracting rave reviews from wine critics, wine show awards and support from the consumer.

The wine was released after two years of careful oak maturation, which requires new and up to 4 year old casks, and then 3 months to settle after bottling. This is unusual today, as many wineries mature their reds for only one year before release. Helm Wines decided, like the Bordeaux premium makers, to mature the wine for the customer before release. An expensive exercise for the winery, but the resultant wine is worth it.

Tasting notes: The 2009 vintage started with a warm spring, average rainfall and no frosts. Early summer was cool which delayed flowering until late December. Rain at Christmas produced a green landscape and some disease pressure. A very hot February ensured full ripeness and a cool dry March produced a premium vintage.A delicious rich and robust Cabernet with hints of vanilla and spice in the bouquet and blackcurrants, blackberries and grippy tannins on the  palate. Minimal winemaking techniques have preserved the ripe fruit  flavours and two years maturation in oak casks have matured the wine so that is ready to consume now. 

Food partners: A versatile wine that will complement any red meat dish particularly lamb. Great with barbequed meats or vegetables.
 
Snapshot of key accolades:

James Halliday, 17 July 2012, 93 points. 

From the single vineyard adjacent to the Helm property owned and tended by [the late] Al Lustenburger. Even though the alcohol is the same as the standard wine, the fruit aromas are distinctly riper, with cassis and plum to the fore; the flavours on the full-bodied palate are likewise richer and riper, albeit with a tannin grip.

Chris Shanahan, 12 September 2012 4 stars
Canberra can and does make decent cabernet, and clearly, it can ripen here in the right conditions...Our criticism is more that to date Canberra hasn’t produced a single great cabernet and the quality of the average cabernet is pretty average. However Helm and daughter Stephanie plan to change that—evidenced by steady improvements in their Premium wine. The 2009, to be released in December, shows intense ripe cabernet varietal flavours and elegant structure. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helm Cabernet sauvignon 2011

Our Classic Cabernet style under the yellow label is made only from vineyards growing within 1km of the winery so as to express the unique regional characteristics of the ‘Nanima Valley’. The wine is carefully matured in French and American oak for 2 years. After bottling, a minimum of 6 months bottle age is demanded before release.

Tasting notes: It was one of coolest vintages for years – back to normal. Floods and snow on mountains in December caused some viticultural problems early, but February saw hot dry conditions and then cool dry March. Cabernet stood up well and enjoyed the late ripening dry conditions. A standout vintage for Cabernet in quality and quantity and producing a different style to the 2008 to 2010 hot dry vintages. Careful attention to yields and ripeness, long skin maturation and two years in oak has resulted in a rich flavoursome wine with true Cabernet flavours of blackcurrants and mint. Fragrant bouquet of  violets and vanilla. 12 months bottle age before release ensured that the wine is ready to drink now. 

Food partners: A versatile wine that will complement any red meat dish particularly lamb. Great with barbequed meats or vegetables.

Key accolades:

James Halliday, 26 July 2014 90 points.
For some reason, this wine was not bottled until Feb 14, I can only guess that it might have spent 1  of the 3 years in tank, for it is still fresh, particularly within the context of the vintage; getting the quality of the cabernet close to that of the Helm Rieslings continues to be a work in progress, however much one might admire the cassis elements of this medium-bodied wine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Helm Cabernet Shiraz 2008 *SOLD OUT*

 

Bottled November 19 2010

Released Jan 2011

This is the first Cabernet Shiraz style produced by Helm Wines since 1979 – the first red vintage. Unlike that first red vintage, when the blend was forced due to lack of suitable grapes, the 2008 blend was by design. The Shiraz fruit is from our neighbour Virginia Rawling’s 15 year old vines and the Cabernet sauvignon, from our premium 20 + year old block, all from the outstanding 2008 vintage.

Tasting notes: Rich berry fruits combined with sweet oak is an attractive start. Brilliant red hue, and a soft rich palate of berry fruits which linger, makes for a complete wine.

Food partners: This wine will complement rich hearty red meat dishes such as casseroles or stews or barbequed meats. Also try with vension or game birds or rich pasta dishes.