Wine Spectator 89 points. Despite it's considerable size, this silky wine is fresh and vibrant. Black currants and cherries lead the way, tinged with herbal notes suggestive of mint and lavender. JOE CZERWINSKI. 3 Rings is a collaboration of the famous Hickinbotham family of the Barossa Valley. Their vineyards are well known to be some of the very best in the region and have been contributors to the wines of such greats as Chris Ringland. Colour: Deep black with a squid ink hue. Bouquet: Aroma of subtle and sophisticated spice, cassis, crushed tobacco leaf, bay leaf, cedar and vanilla. Palate: Fine and generous mouth feel, with predominate...
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 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.
Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd/bottle. James Halliday 95 points. Definitely in the same Devil's Lair family, razor-cut varietal character, authoritative cabernet tannins, fruit that refuses to be cowed by those tannins, and oak waving its hand somewhere in the heat of the battle.
James Halliday 96 points. “Includes 4.7% petit verdot. This is a cabernet for real men. It spent 10 days on skins (including cold soak), matured for 18 months in French oak (45% new). The tannins, accompanied by dried herbs, are a positive feature extending the length of a very good wine anchored with blackcurrant fruit.”
Colour Deep, dark and intense red at the core with a lighter brick-red rim. Aroma The darker Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon characters are evident in this wine from the exceptional 2013 vintage; fresh black and red berry fruits with lovely violet perfume and hints of cedar. Palate Flavours of blackberry, mulberry and ripe plum with a pretty violet lift. An elegant layer of cedar and toasted savoury spices provide excellent balance. The beautiful tannin structure is critical to the style and a hallmark of this noble variety, which also puts it in good stead for extended cellaring. Cellaring Will cellar beyond 2028.
Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018 Trophy - best mature red. Huon Hooke 95 points. James Halliday 95 points. "If you are looking for a Margaret River cabernet that is as classy as it is classic, with intensity of varietal cassis flavour springing from a medium-bodied palate at modest alcohol, go no further. Many vinification methods were used, and once in barrel, each was monitored for its development; thereafter, the wine spent 14 months in French hogsheads (20% new). To 2039." JH. Gold Medals: China wine & spirits awards 2018 Royal Hobart wine show 2018 Royal Melbourne wine awards 2018 China wine & spirits awards 2017 Halliday Australian cabernet...
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...
James Halliday 96 points. Dark red with crimson hues. Aromas of Blackcurrant, liquorice, and chocolate. The medium bodied palate is concentrated with fine dusty tannins. Flavours of red fruits and blueberry leading to a long complex finish.
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. 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? 96 points James Halliday. 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...
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.
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;...
James Halliday 95 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.
James Halliday 95 points. "The tannins at this stable, evidenced by the top tier reds, are illustrious. This is no exception. fine-grained and woven across a seam of sage, bouquet garni and gravel. Texture, so fine. Currant, plum, pencil shavings and graphite, too, yet it is the structure uber alles that draws me in and keeps me coming back for another glass. A tapestry of complexity." Ned Goodwin Published 01 August 2019 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....
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 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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