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 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.
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.
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...
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 91. Silky texture and sweet cabernet fruit, 38 months maturation in new French and American oak.
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...
Decanter Magazine 95 points- ""A pure, hedonistic seam of cassis runs through this wine, keeping it tightly focused. Throaty tobacco and gravelly minerality bring complexity and great back-palate resonance. The ultra-fine tannins offer seamless support." Drink to 2025 , James Halliday 95 points - "A near perfect rendition of Coonawarra cabernet, blackcurrant the central pillar, herb, mint and earth nuances spread around that pillar simply adding complexity to a distinguished wine with a very long future ahead." JH.
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...
97pts – Jeremy Oliver 95pts – James Halliday "A top-drawer Mount Mary red that would appear to contain significantly more merlot than its mere eleven percent. Its deep, dark & briary aromas of violets, cassis, blackberries, dark plums & plain chocolate reveal undertones of dried herbs & bramble. Beautifully controlled & contained, its silky & elegant palate conceals its ample power & strength beneath an exterior of spotlessly fresh, pure blackcurrant & dark cherry fruit, camera-shy oak & tannin so delicate & fine that its genuine impact could easily be ignored. Evenly ripened, it also reveals classic nuances of dried herbs." – Jeremy...
JO 93/ JH 90 Light colour; very savoury and slightly minty overtones to the red berry fruits; surprisingly light-bodied for the vintage. (20-Feb-2011)James Halliday
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...
~ Buy Six and Pay $45 net ~ WA 94 The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon “Boundaries” spent 30 months in oak, 30% new American and 70% used French. Purple-colored, it presents a complex bouquet of cedar, leather, scorched earth, smoke, olives, cassis, and black currants. Made in a racy, sleek style, this Cabernet seems to dance across the palate into a pure, long finish. It has some silky tannins which will allow the wine to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink it through 2020. Rusden is owned by Dennis and Christian Canute with the talented Christian serving as winemaker. The vines were planted in the early 1970s in the tenderloin of the Barossa. Christian...
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
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.
~ Buy Six and Pay $42 net Each ~ ~ Buy Twelve and Pay $39 net Each ~ James Halliday 97 points. "Blood plum, currant and anise scents are sheathed in a smooth veneer of detailed, gravelly and yet, impeccably massaged tannins. Together with juicy acidity, these serve as a welcome signpost to the fruit while conferring authority and a welcome savouriness. The finish is long and saline, laying bay leaf and strewn herb across the gums while expanding the flavours across the palate. This is fine, highly refined cabernet with compelling vinosity and sap. Sue Hodder is a cabernet wunderkind with wines firmly stamped with a regional footprint." -...
Buy Six or More and Pay 45sgd/bottle. HH 98, JO 96. First produced in 1954, and widely known as ‘Black Label’, Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has established a reputation for displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. The wine is produced from only the top 20-25% of Cabernet fruit available from Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Very deep purple colour; the bouquet young and fresh, the fruit aromas bright and reminding of blueberry, raspberry and mulberry. A hint of dried banana on the nose is the only inkling of oak that is given. A very elegant wine, intense and balanced, finely-honed and very long. Time will reveal...
Huon Hooke 97 points, James Halliday 97 points. "Very deep, concentrated purple/red, amazing for a three year-old. Oak adds a toasty, nutty patina to the blackberry and spice fruit. The palate is intense and deep, lush and layered, but not big or tannic, or oaky. A very stylish but also very powerful wine, with a very long carry. It will age superbly in the long-term." Huon Hooke. "A potent, rich, complex, full-bodied cabernet that has a signature as indelible as that of Grange. Cassis/blackcurrant fruit, with touches of earth, tar and licorice, pours in a rush along the palate,..." James Halliday
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