James Halliday 96 points, Jeremy Oliver 95 points, The Wine Front 95 points. Pleasant earthy/cedary aromas; springs into life on the palate, supple and smooth, yet full of life, with perfect balance and length. This really is a breakthrough for Tahbilk. (05-Sep-2007) James Halliday.
WA 92 "The inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman Vineyard exhibits classic aromas of cassis and graphite along with a well-balanced, rich, full-bodied, intense personality. One of the estate’s more forward, elegant offerings, it is best drunk during its first 12-15 years of life. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 93 The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman Vineyard is a fleshy effort with gobs of flavor. It, too, will be approachable young but should drink well through 2026. JM Oct 2009
WA 93+ The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman offers up an expressive bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, black currant, and blackberry. Structured and dense on the palate, it has plenty of savory, ripe black fruit, excellent concentration, and 4-6 years of aging potential. JM Dec 2009.
WA 91 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays intense aromas of creme de cassis, pencil lead, tree bark, cedar, cassia and a whiff of choco-mint. Very crisp, rich, full and firm it has taut, fine-grained tannins and a long juicy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2017+. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 95+ The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most backward and Pauillac-like of this trio. Its inky/purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of cedar, black currant liqueur, flowers, licorice, and a notion of new oak in the background. This full-throttle, powerful, concentrated, well-delineated Cabernet Sauvignon should be at its finest between 2010-2025. RPJ Oct 2005.
WA 92+ The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham offers the most saturated color. The aromatics feature Asian spices, violets, and incense along with expressive black fruits. Structured and tannic, bordering on austere on the palate, it is a muscular, brawny effort that will require 6-8 years of cellaring to become approachable. JM Dec 2009.
WA 92 The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of black currant juice, Provence herbs, kirsch, chocolate, espresso, pencil shavings and iron ore. Full-bodied, very crisp and rich with a high level of fine tannins, it has a long coffee laced finish. Drink it 2012 to 2018. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 93 The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard is sourced from 75-year-old vines. Opaque purple-colored, it is super-fragrant with an enticing bouquet of smoky oak, scorched earth, tar, black currant, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate, it has gobs of fruit as well as enough structure to evolve for a decade. It should have a 25 year lifespan and a lengthy drinking window.JM Oct 2007.
~ Buy Six and Pay $49 net~ Mix n Match with the other Devils Lair is fine for the discount. James Halliday 96/100 "Pure dark fruit, smart oak and a spread of ripe, fine-grained tannin; quality franked in full. Margaret River cabernet tinkered and tailored into immaculate shape. Blackcurrant, bay leaves, woodsmoke and sugarless chocolate; the sweetness of ripe fruit rushes through the veins of both the tannin and acid; this is classical from all angles." Drink to 2035
JO 94. Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of absolute dedication, built from the ground up according to a rigorous viticultural regime and uncompromising approach to winemaking. Domaine A Cabernet hails from the finest parcels of fruit each season. These are the smallest grapes with the most intensity and thickest skins from the higher slopes. It is an assemblage of classic Bordeaux varieties. The grapes are harvested entirely by hand from old estate vines. Typically, veraison will happen in February and picking in mid April. Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted in small batches employing traditional techniques including open vat...
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson. Indicative blend: Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Tasting note: Crimson with a pale rim. Most attractive evolution on the nose. Sweet start and then very firmly structured. Absolutely classic old-fashioned bordeaux style; so easy to see the archetype in this odd corner of the world for it! Lovely dry menthol trip down memory lane for traditionalists like me. (12-May-2015) Jancis Robinson. Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of absolute dedication, built from the ground up according to a rigorous viticultural regime and uncompromising approach to winemaking. Domaine A...
WA 91. Displaying a similar color as well as personality and depth, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Ashmead exhibits a more scorched/roasted character to its nose, sweeter, more pliable and open-knit flavors, and nearly as much aging potential as the cooler vintage conditions produced in 2002. A beautiful, full-throttle, gutsy Cabernet Sauvignon, it can be drunk now and over the next 10-12 years. RPJ Oct 2005.
WA 93 The Cabernet Sauvignon Ashmead Elderton Estate comes from a single block on the estate planted before WWII. Cameron informed me that it’s difficult to get more than ½ ton per acre out of these vines. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Ashmead Elderton Estate was matured in 100% new French oak hogsheads for 18 months. Medium garnet-purple in color, it has an intensely scented nose of cassis, earth, cloves and pencil shavings plus nuances of game and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, the complex flavors are exquisitely balanced by firm fine grained tannins and a good line of acid. It finishes very long. The wine is still...
JH 96 Tasting note: Excellent crimson; features a blend of 'old vine' cabernet from Great Southern (93%)/Margaret River (7%); a distinguished wine with very clearly articulated varietal fruit at the 'sweet spot' of maturity. Will age superbly. (16-Nov-2009) [James Halliday]
JH 96, HH 93, BC 93. Tasting note: Beautifully poised bouquet, with unmistakable varietal leafiness and bucket loads of enticing cassis fruit; the bouquet moves into florals, with oak playing a minor role to the pristine and ample fruit; the palate displays an impeccable balance of fruit, acid and silky fine-grained tannins, revealing a long complex and wonderfully satisfying experience; while it will age gracefully, many simply won't wait, and they will not be disappointed. (17-Feb-2010) [James Halliday] Tasting note: A blend of top wines from the Margaret River and Great Southern regions of Western Australia. Dense, powerful wine with...
JH 96 Tasting note: Dense colour; an intense wine with tremendous depth of flavour despite modest alcohol; blackcurrant and blackberry fruit resonates through the palate, which has absorbed its lengthy stay in French oak; the tannins, too, are balanced. (09-Mar-2009) [James Halliday]
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