James Halliday 96 points. Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, matured in French and Hungarian oak for 30 months. Reflects the exceptional vintage. The wine has unexpected elegance to go with its highly expressive cassis/blackcurrant fruit, the tannins superfine, the oak evident but integrated. All up, a very impressive Barossa cabernet, its balance perfect. Drink to: 2042; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion. The Blue Rock is a tiny make of their best Cab Sav. Not a lot of expense has been spared here as is evidenced by the quality...
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 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.
WA 92 The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard is a more structured wine that will profit from 6-8 years of additional cellaring. Its drinking window will extend from 2015 to 2031. JM Oct 2009.
WA 93 The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown is similarly styled. Spicy black fruit aromas mingle with mineral and floral notes leading to a medium to full-bodied wine packed with flavor. It will require 4-6 years to fully unwind but the balance is there for a graceful evolution. JM Dec 2009.
WA 92 The 2008 Sandown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon gives a deep garnet-purple color and pronounced notes of black currant cordial, chocolate, marmite, loam, black truffle, soy and black olive plus a whiff of lavender. Full-bodied with a high level of fine grained tannins and high acidity, the fruit and earth components are well intertwined on the palate, finishing long. Give it another year in bottle and drink it to 2017. LPB Dec 2010.
~ 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. 'OUTSTANDING' Langtons Classification of Australian Wine VI 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...
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.
~ Buy Six and Pay $55 net Each~ JH 96, WA 93. A highly polished example of Barossa Cabernet, dominated by red fruit on the bouquet, and a healthy dose of new oak; the essence of the wine lies in the tightness of the palate; the ample fine-grained tannins and tangy acid pull the fruit to a long, fine and even conclusion. Drink to 2020+ James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. "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...
From original vineyards planted in 1975. Dark crimson red. Dark berry aromas with chocolate, rosemary & thyme notes. Dusty tannin backbone layered with ripe berry fruit and dried herbs. The palate is complex with a long savoury finish.
James Halliday 97 points. Bin D670. Hardys has been making regional blends since 1865, so this simply follows Thomas Hardy's prescription. He, however, couldn't go to Coonawarra or the Frankland River, these two regions blended with McLaren Vale 150 years after the edict. The colour is deep but vibrant purple-crimson, and the full-bodied palate has the black-fruited power of a weightlifter and the balance of a high wire walker. It is one of those wines with a 100-year life stamped on it. Drink by: 2055; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion.
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]
Bob Campbell 96 points. James Halliday 96 points.
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]
JH 95 Tasting note: Developed colour; a typical cedary bouquet reflecting 36 months in predominantly French oak barriques; has savoury, minty characters with considerable length and persistence, the core of sweet fruit within that bundle breaking free on the finish and aftertaste. (30-Aug-2010) [James Halliday]
A Clare Valley crowdpleaser. Rich and opulent style. Matured for 16 months in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries infused with black olives are followed by cedary tobacco characters and spicy dried herbs. Medium bodied the palate possesses good richness with blackcurrant and liquorice flavours overlaid by black olives and cedary tobacco infusions followed by some dried herbs on the spicy finish. There’s some grip to the fine grained tannins. Good depth with a long spicy blackcurrant, subtle liquorice, black olive, cedary tobacco characters and dried...
Jeremy Oliver 95, James Halliday 94. Tasting note: ...this wine rises above expectations, the medium-bodied palate with focused blackcurrant, raspberry and mulberry fruit, and a long, silky finish. (17-Apr-2008) James Halliday Winery Harvest and Vintage Notes: 2006 Cabernets Score – 93 Drink – 2014-2020 Season - The 2006 vintage was a good one. Still in the grip of drought, the summer didn’t have quite the prolonged intensity of heat we saw from the previous vintages. A dry harvest period also assisted in getting the grapes to their optimum maturity. Colour – deep red. Nose – aromas of black cherry, mulberry and chocolate – a bit...
James Halliday 95 points. Winemakers Comments A dark magenta purple colour with a bright ruby hue. Cherry and blackberry fruits with a hint of dark choc mint on the nose. The palate is complex, with rich plum, blackberries and cassis flavours, well balanced tannins and fine oak with a long finish. Grape Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region Coonawarra Cellaring: 10 - 15 years
What more can we say about the Majella Cabernet? Universally regarded as one of Coonawarra's greatest wines, it continues to win trophies and medals throughout Australia and the world. Dark red in colour, with a very complex nose with hints of blackberries and ripe cherries. This complexity carries over to the palate, rich, juicy and ribena-like, with plums and fruitcake characters showing through. As ever the finish is long and lingering with wonderful 'soft grain' tannins. Drink now or wait 10 - 15 years. In the usual Majella manner the ferment was finished off in 300 litre French oak barrels. After MLF the wine was aged for a further 18...
Buy six or more and pay 49 sgd. 97 points James Halliday, 98 points Campbell Mattison Wine Front. With a philosophy to source top quality fruit from a single, meticulously managed vineyard, McWilliam’s Single Vineyard delivers distinctly elegant & balanced wines. The 2014 vintage of the McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came from Block 19 & 20 of the vineyard tendered by our very own Chris Coddington. Chris believes that the gentle inland slopes of the Hilltops region is the best place in Australia to grow world class Cabernet. Distinctly varietal nose of vibrant blackberry and dark chocolate fruits, supported by judicious...
Buy 6 or more and pay 99sgd per bottle. BC 93, HH 93, Tanzer 93 Tasting note: An elegant rather than blockbuster red with aromatic floral and red berry characters. What it lacks in intensity it more than makes up in power and extraordinary flavour length. Finely-tuned red that achieves a perfect balance of delicate sweet fruit with gently drying tannins. Great potential. (07-Jun-2010) [Bob Campbell]
JH 96. "Ultra-typical Margaret River cabernet with dusty/earthy nuances to the gently ripe blackcurrent and bayleaf varietal fruit; the tannic structure is particularly good, drawing out the complexity of the long, lingering finish." James Halliday Wine Companion 2017.
"Young cabernet sauvignon can be prickly and hard to handle, but that is only one face of the variety, this wine with a thoroughly inviting bouquet that is no false dawn. The palate is supple and rich, with a mix of blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, bay leaf and spice, and earthy tannins that simply reaffirm its varietal expression." Wine Companion August 2017 95/100 COLOUR Deep Crimson with a purple hue. NOSE Elegant perfumed bouquet of bramble fruits and savoury spice. PALATE The palate displays considerable fruit concentration of plum and dark berries. The fine ripe tannins are very well integrated with fruity and savoury characters...
WAS $65 Buy Six and pay $45 net Winery Notes: The 2005 vintage was similar to 2004; only lower yielding which has made this year’s Cab more compact and dense than any year previous. This is classic Rusden Cab Sav- herbaceous and vegetative, with richness and generosity from the Barossa climate, with a wild rum cigar finish. 600 cases produced.
~ BUY SIX BOTTLES AND PAY $45 NET PER BOTTLE ~ The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon “Boundaries” spent 30 months in oak, 30% new American and 70% used French. Rusden is owned by Dennis and Christian Canute with Christian serving as winemaker. The vines were planted in the early 1970s in the heart of the Barossa. Christian Canute has a unique ability to produce wines of great finesse combined with the intensity and power obtained from Barossa Valley fruit. Winermaker's Notes: This is a testament to how well our Cabernet stands up to adverse conditions. 06 was a tough year for anyone growing Cabernet. I decided to roll the dice and let it hang...
James Halliday 95 points. Located Fleurieu Peninsula South Australia. Hand-picked, destemmed, crushed, open-fermented, wild yeast, matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). An interesting wine, the key to its individuality its 5-week maceration in skins, then being pressed direct to barrel. It finally comes out of oak and into bottle, bringing with it a fine stream of juicy dark fruits and fine-grained tannins. Drink to: 2043. Date Tasted: Feb 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
~ Buy Six and Pay $42 net Each ~ James Halliday 95 points. Winery Notes: Whilst having an outwardly comic name and sense of fun, Suckfizzle nurtures an underlying seriousness & fastidious approach to winemaking. Our Suckfizzle wines are made with grapes from a small single vineyard in Augusta, the Suckfizzle Vineyard, which is the most south-westerly vineyard on the continent. What makes this vineyard so unique is the extreme maritime influence, being so close to the Indian and Southern Oceans and the Blackwood River has a marked effect. The name, Suckfizzle, is drawn from the book ‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’ by François Rabelais (1494...
James Halliday 95 points. 85% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each of malbec, cabernet franc and merlot. Good hue; thisis pure cassis, not blackcurrant per se. This fruit is given another dimension by its oak and silky tannins.
James Halliday 96 points. An exceptional cabernet with multiple layers of fruit, tannins and oak sliding against; around and through each other as you taste and retaste the wine. Its greater degree of ripeness and more new oak than its sibling make comparisons invidious: each has its own strength, here a luscious complexity.
James Halliday 96 points. Classic cool grown cabernet at the sharp end of cool; the bouquet is fragrant, the cassis and bay leaf flavours of the palate make the French oak seem irrelevant. Has a monastic purity that is utterly compelling - as is its value.
JH 94. Good colour; ripe blackcurrant/cassis fruit; while having much higher alcohol than normal, is not jammy nor shows dead fruit characters. Tasted Feb 2006. James Halliday.
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