Deep crimson with vibrant red hues. A brooding bouquet of dark plum, blueberry, cassis and mulberry with fragrant nuances of violets and crushed, flowering herbs, and more subtle hints of blackcurrant and anise spice. Concentrated, sweet dark plum, blueberry and mulberry flavours and a fleshy mid-palate are supported with ripe, driving acidity, great minerality and silky tannins for a beautifully structured, lingering finish.
The key is the medium-bodied and supple palate, tannins nowhere to be seen. Whatever else one can say, the wine is so well balanced it is ready for consumption from the start, yet has a 20-year horizon thanks to its mix of cassis, plum and black olive flavours.
The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.
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"Considering Australia now has the Yes voted counted and results delivered, Abbott’s prayer may have gone unheard. Cabernet and merlot from the Adelaide Hills (64.7% yes, 35.3% no). Tightly wound expression here, lightly chewy with succulent tannin binding up dark, brooding fruit character. The perfume gathers dark plum, ‘Aussie bush’ scents, green herbs and clove-like oak whiffs. Flavours are similar, gently sweet, then spill long into a lightly spicy, gently dried herb dusted finish. It’s an elegant wine with a compact nature that says cellaring will be rewarding. This is a high quality release"
"The key is the medium-bodied and supple palate, tannins nowhere to be seen. Whatever else one can say, the wine is so well balanced it is ready for consumption from the start, yet has a 20-year horizon thanks to its mix of cassis, plum and black olive flavours."
"Leafy notes, cedary oak, redcurrant and cherry fruits as well as cassis and fresh-turned earthy notes. The palate's concentrated and smoothly rendered. Elegant yet powerful. Tannins are succulent, and the finish is tidy."