Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18.5/20. Deep, ruby-black with a slight hint of garnet, lighter edged. The nose is intensely full, filled with aromas of eucalyptus, pencil shavings, melded with cassis, blackberries, violets and savoury, earthy hints. Full-bodied, bright fruit aromas of cassis, blackberries, violets interweave a hint of leather, unfolding eucalyptus, pencil shavings and earth. Fine-grained tannin extraction offers a chewy palate; fruit is bright and attractive with complexity, lively acidity added roundness. Match this with grilled ribeye and kangaroo loin over the next 5 years. 14.5% alc. 18.5/20 pts August 2021. Only 1800 cases...
Trophy - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2021 Gold Medal - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2021 Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018 Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Gold Medal - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020 Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2018 Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 20209 95 Points - James Halliday; Wine Companion 95 Points - Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual 94 Points - Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front Small parcels were basket-pressed from one vineyard to provide 95% of the wine, the remainder open-fermented, all basket-pressed into French barriques for 14 months maturation....
Ray Jordan 96 points. 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. #WA
Cerified Biodynamic. "Has the usual estate blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec (92/4/3/1%), the grapes hand picked on fruit days between early February and early March, the components matured in French oak (50% new) for 13 months. The perfumed bouquet has already soaked up the new oak, the purity of the fruit in a cassis-redcurrant-blueberry spectrum. The small berries of a quasi-drought summer might have imposed awkward tannins, but the medium-bodied palate is so perfectly balanced it has a drinking span of 30 years and counting. Drink by 2055." 98 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion. "Dark, deep and a really...
James Halliday 96 points. Huon Hooke 96 points. 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...
MARGARET RIVER WINE SHOW 2021, Gold. PERTH ROYAL WINE AWARDS 2021, Gold. WINE SHOW OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2020, Gold. COLOUR Deep crimson with vivid purple hues. AROMA This wine exhibits aromas of cassis and dried herbs with hints of spice. PALATE The palate displays flavours of summer plums and dark berries with notes of sweet spice and dark chocolate from the use of both new and seasoned French oak. It is medium-bodied with fine, elegant tannin and persistent length. A true representation of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. CELLARING This wine will continue to improve for up to eight years from vintage. #DEEP
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021, Gold Medal. James Halliday 97 points. From the estate's first plantings; matured for 18 months in new and used French oak. Deep, vivid crimson purple. Fascinating bouquet that has the bay leaf I often find on the back palate/finish of quality cabernet sauvignon; also cassis (no surprise) wrapped in a fine gauze of oak and pliable tannins. Line, length and balance are all attributes of a classic Margaret River cabernet. James Halliday Published 09 June 2022. RAY JORDAN, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WINE GUIDE 2022, 95 points. A poised and elegantly structured cabernet reflecting the vintage, with the powdery tannin and...
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...
HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2021, 96 points. Matured 11 months in French hogsheads (20% new). The cooler year has birthed yet another cabernet of delicacy, length and finesse. Matt Byrne's Redbrook Reserve cabernet is worthy of the same praise heaped upon prior vintages. Succulent red fruits and densely packed flavour held together with fine-knit tannins. Ready to drink now, but with a determined future in the cellar, too - this is what defines the wonder of great Margaret River cabernet. #WA
Erin Larkin for James Haiday Wine Companion 96 points. Forest Hill Vineyard, Block 5, 6 and 7, all Planted 1975. Only the best parcels sourced from the top of the block. Dark, intense purple hues. Aromas of bay leaf, black fruits and some violet spice. The palate is powerful with fine tannin structure carried by more black fruit with graphite freshness. The wine will reward cellaring. #WA
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 #WA
James Halliday Wine Companion 91 points. This is sitting very pretty; for all the characters we want and look for in wine, especially one in the low $20s. Cassis, exotic market spice, judiciously utilised oak and length beyond its price-point. Very smart. Erin Larkin. 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. #WA
Gemtree out of mclaren vale produces organic and biodynamic wines because to them healthy soils lead to a healthy ecosystem and that rewards both us and you. The dragon’s blood cabernet sauvignon has delicate aromas + flavours of strawberry black cherry and peppercorn with a pinch of tobacco. #WA
Five Stars The Real Review #2 of 32 - Cab Sauv Blends from South Australia -2017 Huon Hooke 95 Ralph Kyte Powell 95 "Medium to full red colour with a trace of purple and a complex bouquet of damp undergrowth, tobacco, raspberry and briar. More savoury than fruity. The wine is medium to full-bodied and deliciously smooth, supple and easy on the gums. Fresh acidity cleanses the finish. An elegant style, very good now and has cellaring potential. 28 MAR 2020" HH The Grosset Gaia 2017 has brooding briary, brambly, black cherry and blackcurrant aromas that lead to a palate showing similar flavours. These are ripe, lively and fine, well-balanced,...
Wine Advocate 94 points. Classic mint and cassis notes appear on the nose of the 2017 Cuthbert Cabernet Sauvignon. The cool year seems to have benefited the variety, as the wine shows remarkable depth and balance. It's medium-bodied but generous, with ample flesh set against fine-grained, almost silky, tannins. Even after 18 months in French oak (hogsheads and barriques), the oak influence is muted, letting the gorgeous fruit shine on the mouthwatering finish. JC Jul 2020.
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...
James Halliday 95 points. This hits the bullseye, a great example of the synergy between place and variety. Its colour is good, as is 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 by 2040.
JH 95 From the east-facing bottom block, Selectiv'-harvested, primary fermentation in grape bins, 65% of the must (cuvee) 35 days maceration, the other portion on skins for 16 days, the combined parcels matured in French hogsheads (30% new) for 17 months, 190 dozen made. It flaunts its sexy oak in a devil may care reprise. James Halliday Published 01 August 2020. #MAX
"From 51yo vines, 88/8/4% cabernet sauvignon/petit verdot/cabernet franc. Matured for 29 months in French oak (15% new). The 2017 vintage is responsible for cabernets of incredible poise and layering. This is not a thundering power piece, rather an intricately detailed and mesmerising wine, with fine folds of flavour: bay leaf, raspberry, star anise, sage, hints of fennel, pomegranate and pink peppercorn. This is pure, floral, pretty, and very long. Moss Wood has proven its capability for graceful ageing and this will be no exception." The Wine Companion, 96 points. Aug 2021.
91% Cabernet, 3% each Franc. Merlot & Malbec James Halliday 96/100 The texture and structure are such that the drink-to dates have little meaning. Flavours of olive tapenade, crushed bay leaves and blackcurrant fruits, oak and tannin beholders rather than participants. 14% alc, screwcap The Australian Wine Review #WA
"With 2% each of merlot and cabernet franc. 27 months in French oak (16% new). We live in hallowed times: the '18 cabernets from Margaret River are being released into the wild ... there's never been a better time to be alive. Concentrated, fine, pedigree cabernet with explosive, low-down torque that drags the flavours over the palate into the interminably long finish. Epic. Will live as long as you do." Aug 2021 97/100 The Wine Companion #WA
"Possibly our best Reserve Cabernet ever. Produced from 66% Fruit Trees block and 34% Main Road block Cabernet Sauvignon. After a warm start to harvest in 2019, the weather cooled down from early March and the Cabernet ripened slowly to perfection in the lovely autumn days which followed. Harvested on April 3 (Fruit Trees) and 17 (Main Road). Beautifully fresh varietal flavours and great tannin structure. We love this wine. The Fruit Trees and Main Road blocks are on deep alluvial soil, with enough clay to retain good moisture and in a site cool enough to ensure slow ripening and high flavour development in the grapes. Noon Reserve Cabernet...
Purchase 6 or more and pay 42sgd per bottle. Ray Jordan 96 points. O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to. Sourced from Polish River and Armagh subregions, this wine shows blackberry and spice with mocha chocolate flavours and fine-grained tannins....
James Suckling 97 points. Wine Advocate 96 points. Huon Hooke 98points. Tony Love 98 points. Available in cases of six if required. Very deep, dark, youthful purple/red colour, impressive in the glass. The bouquet is reserved and understated, with more earthy, savoury aromas coming first followed by cassisy cabernet-like nuances, the palate more elegant than expected with lovely purity of concentrated blackberry, blackcurrant cabernet fruit skilfully welded to neatly integrated oak characters. A cracking wine, concentrated but in no way heavy or overwrought. Indeed, it has real elegance. A delicious wine, and there's much more to come for...
Trophy: Best Cabernet HK IWSC 2020. Halliday Wine Companion, 95 points. SA125 clone, 7-day whole berry ferment on skins, 16 months in French oak (35% new). From the Yarraland Vineyard and produced only in outstanding years, Signature keeps true to its Yarra address, lifted and polished with a touch of class. Deep garnet. An essay in letting fruit quality speak true. Pastille, crushed blackberry, clove. Lifted and fine on the palate with subtle forest floor earthiness laced with licorice, fennel. Lingers long. Jeni Port Published 01 August 2020. “Dark purple colour with brick-red edges. Dried herbs, licorice, cassis and hoi-sin – oak is...
Trophy: Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018. James Halliday 95 points. Hand-picked and sorted, destemmed whole berries wild-fermented, 15 months in hogsheads (30% new). An elegant medium-bodied cabernet with clear varietal expression courtesy of blackcurrant fruit and fine tannin structure. Gold medal Yarra Valley Wine Show '18. James Halliday Published 01 August 2019. 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...
GOLD MEDAL – 2020 Wine Show of Western Australia. James Halliday 93 points. Curranty, boysenberried, smooth-skinned wine with decent shape and length. Tight and closed on first opening and so decanting is definitely advised. Medium in weight but finished with a good strike of dry tannin. It still manages to feel balanced, if only just. Time in a cool, dark space won't do it any harm. Campbell Mattinson Published 01 August 2020. 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,...
Certified Biodynamic. James Halliday Wine Companion 92 points. Whole berry fermented as is the wont at this address, helping to facilitate the notable culture of minimal additions at the end of it all. Thereafter, 18 months in larger and smaller used French wood. This is delicious maritime cabernet Easy going, mind you. Far from a behemoth, or a wine than needs extensive cellaring. Sage and bay leaf notes, offsetting olive, blackcurrant and other dark fruits. The oak is well nestled, providing a framework rather than a forcefield. Long and succulent. Ned Goodwin MW Published 01 August 2020 COLOUR Deep ruby red BOUQUET Blackcurrant, a touch...
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