Wine Front 95 Points!
"in the global context of top-shelf cabernet blends, it's very good value" - Max Allen
Wine Front 95 Points!
"66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc, 8% merlot, 8% petit verdot, 5% Malbec. Up to three weeks on skins, 25% new oak, 18 months in barrel. 495 dozen made. Bottled in October 2016.
At the intersection of flavour and finesse, beauty is to be found. This is an elegant, fine-fingered wine with juicy boysenberry, ripe blackcurrant, bay leaf and clove notes shimmering throughout, whispers of creamy, resiny, cedarwood oak having just-enough influence without going too far. Tannin is ripe, fine-fingered, exquisite. If you look closely you see grass, dry tobacco and peppercorn notes. It’s quite a treat."
- Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, May 2018
"The old Yarra winery's flagship red wine - a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet france, malbec and petit verdot - is always a safe bet in the cellar. This, the latest release, is from the outstanding 2015 vintage, and while it's dangerously drinkable now - deep, dark black fruit and seamless fine tannin in elegant harmony - it will develop further, gracefully and decades to come. And in the global context of top-shelf cabernet blends, it's very good value"
- Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller, Jun/Jul 2018
"66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec. Once again, the 2015 vintage demonstrates its quality in a wine that has always been a product of both site and the classic Yarra blend of Bordeaux varieties. Too many superlatives can always seem a bit crass, but in this vintage there’s an almost majestic quality to the elegance, depth and structure of this wine – certainly in tasting it demands time and patience to give any sense of what’s in store over what will potentially be a very long life. A reserved nose of cassis, blood plum, pastille and violets gives way to a cool, complex and restrained layer of cigar box, graphite, tapenade and Christmas cake. It’s almost primal on the one hand, yet manages to retain a sense of elegance and finesse. The palate is clear, deep and resonant; seriously yet seamlessly structured; pure, plush and generous; effortlessly restrained. Open well in advance if drinking soon, and certainly a wine to continue enjoying over the next 15-20 years."