James Halliday 95 points. 83% cabernet sauvignon, 12% malbec, 5% merlot. This is a delight - and a surprise. Instead of the usually slightly bony/hard mouthfeel of most of the Blue Pyrenees red wines, this is luscious and round, cassis, redcurrant and plum all intersecting, pliable tannins doing nothing to diminish the pleasure. Alcohol: 14.5%. Closure: screwcap. Tasted: Mar 2018. Drink By: 2030. Rating: 95/100. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion. Gold, Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show 2018 Gold, Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
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 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 96. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most muscular and densely packed of the Cabernets. This opulent effort will evolve for a minimum of a decade and drink well through 2036. JM Feb 2009.
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.
Wine Advocate 94 points. The spicy 2003 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon (aged in equal parts new French and new American oak) reveals copious quantities of black currants, cedar, vanilla, and white chocolate aromas, followed by spicy, tannic, full-bodied, powerful, dense, well-structured flavors. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. RPJ Oct 2005.
Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd/bottle. James Halliday 95 points. The heady aromas set the scene with ribbons of black and red currants, cassis and leafy freshness playing with cedary spice from the integrated oak. Incredibly vibrant, chiselled tannins morphing into the silky medium-bodied palate. A keeper. JH.
Wine Advocate 93 points 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....
Buy 6 or more and pay 55 sgd/bottle. Museum Release from the winery. James Halliday 96 points, Huon Hooke 95 points. Gold Medal Qantas Wine Show WA 2012. Gold Medal Rutherglen Wine Show 2012. Gold Medal Hobart Wine Show 2012. "Deep, vibrant garnet; the bouquet offers a complex array of red and black fruits, crushed leaf, cigar box and violets; medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous silky texture; fine-grained tannins coat the mouth as the fruit slowly reveals with the zesty acidity providing cut and thrust; long, layered and supremely age worthy." James Halliday 96 Winery Notes The 2010 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon epitomises the elegance of...
n 1865 Thomas Hardy had the foresight to begin blending grapes from different regions, believing that the blending would enhance the different qualities of the grapes. His vision proved to be right and it has since become the inspiration for the Heritage Reserve Bin (HRB) range. in 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...
Available from August 20. Wine Advocate 95 points. Gary Walsh for the Wine Front, 95 points. Wine Advocate Prettier and more aromatic than the very good 2015, the 2016 Cuthbert Cabernet Sauvignon hints at violets and mint on the nose and adds hints of cherries to the cassis fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's supple, almost silky on the palate, with a finish that's simultaneously mouthwatering and firmly tannic. It should drink well for at least a decade. JC Sep 2018. You’d not find many people called Cuthbert these days, much like Gary, in a way. Blackcurrant/blackberry, liquorice, dark mint chocolate, pepper and bread dough. Medium to...
WINERY NOTES: Our Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon has been crafted through careful fruit selection, traditional winemaking techniques, sixteen months maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and bottling unfiltered to fully enhance the wines character and appeal. A cooler than expected vintage caught many by surprise, the lower evening temperatures punctuated by a number of lighter rainfall events that slowed down the ripening process and allowed the harvest to run well into April. Clare always looks its best in the cooler seasons and these conditions have been very favourable in creating wines of great definition, character...
What more can we say about the Majella Cabernet? Trophy - Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show, 2019 Cowra 96 Points & Gold Medal - 2019 Cowra Gold Medal - 2018 Rutherglen Powerful, rich, concentrated, complex and - as is the wont of cabernet sauvignon - may bite you with tannins or some other painful lesson. Well, that doesn't apply here, because the wine has too much in its favour as it rolls out endless velvety carpets for your teeth to rest on. Drink to: 2046; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion. Universally regarded as one of Coonawarra's greatest wines, it continues to win trophies and...
LANDS MONDAY 5 AUG James Halliday 96 This hits the bullseye, a great example of the synergy between place and variety. Its colour is good, as it the bouquet, and that arrow arrives the moment the wine enters the mouth. It has waves of luscious, juicy red and black fruits that fill every corner of the palate, tannins and oak doing the job expected of them. Drink to: 2024;Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion.
These vines originally supplied Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet. "Made to commemorate 25 years of winemaking (first vines planted '68; first wines under own name '71). It's matured in all-French oak for 20 months. 200 dozen produced. GPL refers to George Patrick Lynn, patriarch of the Lynn family, who passed away (at 50) in '76. It's a hulking cabernet, as tannic as it is intense, with blackcurrant and boysenberry flavours charging into dusty, tobacco-strewn tannin. Creamy oak plays a clear role, as do eucalypt flavours, but this wine's power, glory and ageworthiness cannot be disputed." JH Aug 2018 Drink to 2035 Stelvin In 1968 George Patrick...
96 Points & Top 100 Wines - James Halliday Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2018 (95 Points) - National Wine Show of Australia 2018 Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2018 94 Points - Royal Sydney Wine Show 2018 Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2017 Gold Medal - Canberra Wine Show 2017 Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Full crimson-purple; a cassis/blackcurrant and spice bouquet adds another dimension on the richly flavoured palate overflowing with sweet berries. It tastes as if it was only taken from the barrel a few days ago, the tannins superfine, the finish long. A very high quality wine. Drink to: 2036;...
Buy Six and Pay $42 per bottle net ~ Mix-n-Match with other Rockcliffe wines and pay the case price. "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...
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
WA 91. For an inky hued New World wine, there's an awful lot of classic to the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast. Start with the nose of pencil shavings and cassis. Add a streamlined, medium to full-bodied palate that shows genuine Cabernet structure—firm acids and crisp edges. Yes, it's bold, flavorful and approachable young, but it also fits into Cabernet's varietal tradition. JC Mar 2018. McLaren Vale fruit.
James Halliday 95 points and Special Value Star. Dark red. Aromas of blueberry and liquorice. Intense dark fruit flavours of blueberry and currants on the palate with liquorice and dark chocolate. Firm tannins on a long finish. Char grilled rib eye with root vegetables and seasonal greens. The 2015 Vintage had dryer than average winter conditions resulting in a less vigorous spring and subsequent reduced yields across all varieties, this was followed with mild days and cool nights which resulted in a near perfect slow ripening pattern for both red and white grape varieties with fantastic natural acid retention, concentrated colour, intense...
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