Alcohol : 14%
Grape(s) : Cabernet Sauvignon
Localisation : Mc Laren Vale, Clarendon, Australia
Tasting Notes : It was a cooler year in McLaren Vale. The carryover from the 2016 rains into a perfect spring and then a cooler ripening season was ideal for Bordeaux varieties that need time on the vine to develop phenolic flavor rather than sugar, while maintaining acidity and structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon shines this year with dusted cocoa, blackberry, anise; a middle body that is velvet to the touch with a tannin backbone that carries this wine for minutes after you have swallowed.
Food Pairing : A Great wine for your BBQ, red meat and old cheeses
96 points James Halliday : "Hand-picked, berry-sorted and extracted regally with the thrice rack and return culture applied to alleviate reduction while maximizing lees to juice contact across 15 months in Bordeaux wood. The result is a full-bodied cabernet of currant, brush, sage, leaf, bouquet grain and olive, bound to a strong tannic weave, all needing time to unravel. And unravel it will."
94 Points James Suckling : Attractive cassis and ripe purple fruit with a wealth of blueberries and hints of cola nuts. The palate has a juicy feel with exceptional depth, length and a complete tannin texture. Really seamless and long. Excellent cabernet. Drink or hold.
Huon Hook who is one of Australia's major wine writers and critics, Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards, judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year and a number of other major wine competitions, scored this 97 points saying "The wine is full-bodied and extremely elegant, with perfect ripeness, beautifully modulated fruit and tannins, and subtle oak handling. A thoroughly delicious cabernet, accessible right now but with the potential to mature gracefully for many years. Winemaker Chris Carpenter thinks this is his best cabernet yet. (2650 cases made)."