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...
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
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec with 45% new oak. 2,350 dozen made. Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good. Drink 2026 - 2050+. 98 points Gary Walsh – The Wine Front (February 2021) James Halliday 98 points. Cabernet sauvignon,...
James Halliday 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 oak. The after palate is...
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. #WA
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021, Gold Medal. These truly remarkable and consistently superb wines are made from hand-selected parcels of fruit coupled with the very best French oak. They are of limited production and are recognised as some of the finest wines produced in Australia. WINEMAKER'S NOTE “This year’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon release is as always, an epic expression of Margaret River Cabernet. It is a wine for the cellar if you can wait, effortless in every way, a cassis flavoured dream.” Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker COLOUR Deep crimson with great depth and bright purple hues. AROMA Trademark violets and graphite in...
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. James Halliday 95 points. Average 30yo vines, matured 18 months in 25% new French oak. It opens with a savour berry-laden nose characterised by hoisin and anise. Fennel, too. The palate is saturated and ripe, with assertive tannins that shapes the wine...
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
This vintage not rated by the critics yet. Previous vintages show a track record of steady 95-96 point scores and various gold medals at wine shows. 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. #JAN
“A blend of cabernet, merlot and petit verdot from the single vineyard planted by Phil Sexton in '97. It is of a style seldom encountered in the Yarra Valley, rich cassis fruit cut by finely ground tannins on a long palate. Quite something.” 96 points, James Halliday OTHER ACCOLADES: Top Gold + Trophy - Yarra Valley Wine Show 96 points, Nick Butler 95 points, Campbell Mattinson
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...
Estate grown fruit from the Majella vineyard in Coonawarra. The Composer is a vivid dark magenta red colour with a crimson hue. Lush eucalyptus and red fruit aromas are paired with a bright, flavour filled, medium weighted palate of cassis and red berries. Subtle oak integration enhances the smooth and balanced finish. A plush, juicy and mouthwatering cabernet with great persistence of some lovely, lifted blackberry fruit laced with licorice and mint and soft and fresh lively tannins. Rating: ★★★★★; Equal Top in Category; 98 Points; Winestate Magazine; July August 2021. WINEMAKING Individual parcels of fruit are fermented in...
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
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. In effect, this is to Bin 707 as RWT is to Grange, a single-region expression of a classic regional variety, aged in 100% French oak. Would that it were priced similarly to RWT, but production is more limited, and the Chinese have seemingly fallen in love in Cabernet. The 2018 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (there was no 2017 bottled) boasts sumptuous aromas of ripe cassis, accented by hints of vanilla, cedar shavings, tobacco and baking spices. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety, but with a firm spine at its core that drives home the lengthy finish and strong varietal identity....
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...
Sourced from 30 year old vines in Macclesfield. Cold soaked. Five weeks on skins in a customised headed down open fermenter. Foot trod. Gently pressed to seasoned Burgundy coopered Barriques. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 98 dozen made. 14.4% Alc/Vol 95 Points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion. “Macclesfield fruit spent 5 weeks in open-top fermenters with the headboard down (keeping the cap submerged, without agitation) ensuring maximum yet gentle extraction. An impressive fully flared cabernet. All the bells and whistles. The result, a capacious wine of cassis, hedgerow, graphite, vanilla-pod oak and a firm seam of well-hewn tannin,...
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