The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookmans Vineyard was closed and tannic, with toasty notes in the aromas. It was difficult to penetrate and evaluate. There is size and force to the wine, but it is monolithic. It is aged in 100% new French oak casks, which is apparent from its pain grille-scented nose. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015.
This immense, super-concentrated, muscular wine appears to mirror the personality and stature of proprietor/winemaker Roman Bratasiuk. Clarendon Hills produces some of my favorite Australian wines, and readers looking for flavor, personality, and pleasure, should seek out this limited production gem.
Wine Advocate #127 (Feb 2000) Robert Parker
Wine Red - Cabernet