Only 1800 cases made annually. Deep blackish purple with a crimson hue. Ripe aromas of blackcurrant and black Cherie fruit with mocha oak tones underneath intermix with cedeary tobacco dominate the nose over some spice and black olive. Full bodied, richly flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant ripe blackcurrant, cherry and plum flavours complexed by spicy mocha oak notes. Smooth, fine chalky tannins add to the layered finish. Great Australian wine begins in the vineyard and since 1971 it’s the dedication to the science and technology advances of modern Australian viticulture that has seen the Hickinbotham family vineyards become...
Trophy: Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018. James Halliday 95 points. Yarra’s best kept secret is the quality of its cabernet. With depth and structure, this cabernet boasts big fruit and smooth tannins. The 2017 vintage was named the best cabernet in the region at the 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show. WINE NOTES Colour: deep crimson purple Aroma: cassis, blackberry, spicy black fruits, cedar Palate: dark red fruits, rich texture, savoury tannins + bay leaf Cellar: up to 10 years
Janes Halliday 94 points. The Credaro Kinship Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 showcases seductive aromas of blue fruits, dark chocolate with rich lifted violets. A rich and lifted palate showing flavours of blue fruits, blackberry and blackcurrant, with good length of flavour, concentration and ripe succulent tannins. Freshness and vibrancy on the palates adds to the fruit weight and sweet acidity. Hints of florals and violets with rich berry compote sweetness on the finish.
colour Bright and shiny highlighting purple hues. aroma Dark dense sweet concentrated aromas, with typical varietal Cabernet Sauvignon characters like cedar pencil shavings, freshly cut grass and an abundance of fresh blue fruits, also beautiful aromas of violets. Attractive savoury dried herbs notes are also evident. palate The palate is thick, juicy and luscious. This wine has finesse and elegance; on the mid palate the wine expands; displaying floral blackcurrant notes and rich dark chocolate flavours There are some lovely savoury chewy tannins and all very well integrated with the French oak. The after palate is long and dry with a hint...
Gold Medal, Perth Royal Wine Show 2020. Gold Medal, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020. The Hillside wines are made from low-yielding fruit grown on the steepest slopes on the estate allowing both excellent sunlight exposure and ventilation. The wines are both ripe yet delicate and limited production maintains the high level of quality that has yielded numerous accolades across the range.
Ray Jordan (The West Australian) 95 points. "Clearly one of the best cabernets yet released by Driftwood. Generous, sweet fruit characters perfectly augmented by sinewy tannins and fine-grained oak. Bay leaf and powerful blackcurrant aromas. The palate is firmly structured with great balance and poise. Focused to a very long finish." RJ 30 May 2020. James Halliday 95 points and Gold Medal, Cabernet Challenge 2020. BLEND 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc COLOUR Vibrant, deep ruby red with purple hues. AROMATICS Vivacious blackcurrant, blueberry, vanilla and dark chocolate are surrounded by mint leaf, sage and violet...
Ray Jordan 96 points, The WA Wine Guide. “Super vintage; super wine. Like the chardonnay from these guys this is as good as anything they have released. Powerhouse blackcurrant, black olive and a little bay leaf. Then there’s the graphite definition. The palate positively sings with bright, high-energy flavours supported by firm chalky tannins and ample oak. Has years ahead of it.’ RJ. C O L O U R Brilliant, deep ruby red with purple hues. A R O M A T I C S Aromas of ripe cassis, mulberry jam, chocolate coated blueberries and baking spices. P A L A T E A structurally finessfull wine with soft binding tannins, cedar like spiced French...
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019. Top 100 Wines, James Halliday 2018. James Halliday, wine companion 2020,93 points and top 100. A wine that has often out-performed its price in wine shows and has done it again here, its pristine, fresh varietal fruit has had the exact amount of barrel fermentation to add to its texture without taking any of the shine off the fruit. One taste will lead to another, and another... Ray Jordan, the West Australian, 93 points and top 100 reds, July 2018. Honest wine delivering the goods at this price. Sweet black currant and plummy fruit. Smooth and seamless. All ripe berry, a dollop of oak and some dusty...
8 Gold Medals so far.... Gold, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018. Gold, Wine Show of Western Australia 2018. Gold, Margaret River Wine Show 2018. Gold, National Wine Show of Australia 2018. Gold, China Wine and Spirits awards 2018. Gold, Perth Royal Wine Show 2019. Gold, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019. Gold, Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019. 95 points, James Halliday. 95 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review. "Cabernet with a sweet-fruited smile on its face. It's ripe and polished with smoked cedar wood slipped hand in glove into pure, ripe cassis, chocolate and peppermint. It's pretty much impossible to review, or drink, this wine without uttering the...
94 points, Royal Melbourne Wine Show. 94 points, James Halliday. Dark crimson with purple hues. Aromas of blackberries, florals, dark chocolate and bay leaf. The palate is plush and medium bodied with blackcurrant, savoury and spicy flavors. Fine and long tannin structure. #TOP12
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 full-bodied, deep fruit,...
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. Appearance Brick red in colour with deep crimson hues. Nose The aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, tobacco leaf and subtle French oak char combine sweetly on the nose. Palate Richly flavoured and textured, the classic cassis and leaf notes carry through confidently from the nose onto the palate, beautifully supported by fine grained natural tannins, smoky oak influences...
From vineyards in Wilyabrup, matured in French oak for 12 months. It ticks all the boxes with its cassis fruit on the one hand, firm cabernet tannins on the other providing all-up balance. Exceptional value for a wine with an extended drinking window of opportunity. Drink to: 2033; Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion.
James Halliday 95 points. Pristine blackcurrant and bay leaf flavours come whispered with toasty, cedar wood oak. Truth is though that it tastes of Coonawarra and of cabernet sauvignon and of not much else, in the best of ways. Essence of the variety and of the region. It draws confidently through the palate and is satisfying and then some through the finish. Drink by 2036. 95 points Campbell Mattinson - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 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...
Sam Kim 93 points. True to variety, the wine shows complex aromas of blackcurrant, dried herb, warm spice, cured meat and cedar on the nose. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity and lovely mid-palate weight together with silky texture and fine-grained tannins, finishing long and delectable. Now to 2027; Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit.
Trophy: Best Cabernet HK IWSC 2020. “Dark purple colour with brick-red edges. Dried herbs, licorice, cassis and hoi-sin – oak is cedary and toasty. While ripe and driven, it is hemmed tightly to its ripe, fine-grained tannins. Red and blue berries swirl on the palate. It’s still very youthful and settling into its skin. Huge potential.” – 94 Points, Huon Hooke
James Halliday 96 points. "Compact and taut, with firm varietal references across a veil of cassis, bay leaf, thyme and in these parts, olive. A chassis of verdant herb, dried and strewn across a long finish defined by youth, a little unresolved oak and the voice of immense potential." JH COLOUR Deep Crimson with a purple hue. NOSE Displaying a perfumed nose of dark berries and savoury characters. PALATE The palate is full of juicy berries and earthy notes that are supported by well integrated fine tannins. CELLAR POTENTIAL 8-10 years OAK Francois Frere Seguin Moreau Nadalie Cooperages MATURATION 16 months in 100% French oak.
GOLD MEDAL – 2020 Wine Show of Western Australia. James Halliday 93 points. COLOUR Deep crimson with a purple hue. NOSE Displaying a perfumed nose of dark berries and savoury characters. PALATE The palate is full of juicy berries and earthy notes that are well supported by fine grained, integrated tannins. Cellar up to 10 years.
Certified Biodynamic. COLOUR Deep ruby red BOUQUET Blackcurrant, a touch of dried herbs and a hint of black truffle. PALATE An abundance of blackcurrant and cassis carry the palate, some earthy notes and spice woven in. Firm, lengthing tannins finish it off nicely. WINERY NOTE: The fruit for the Hedonist Cabernet is grown biodynamically on our own vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. Warm Summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet....
WINERY COMMENTS: Sexy Beast, a succulent and luscious McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon “I was always taught that Cabernet Sauvignon was a classical, structured and well mannered wine, but in our wonderful McLaren Vale Mediterranean climate we make it rich, brooding and powerful, underpinned by boundless energy. We call it our Sexy Beast, inspired by the 2000 cult classic movie starring Sir Ben Kingsley” – MT Colour: Deep purple in colour with a strong hue Aroma: Bouquet explodes with black currant, smoked hickory, glazed currents, aniseed, tar with a touch or cloves and cut mint. Palate: The palate starts out with drive and a thick sway...
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