“A selection of our finest barrels from the vintage are selected for our Reserve range and given additional maturation in oak prior to bottling and cellaring.” – Geoff Merrill
The colour is a dark brick red with garnet hues and great density. Delicate earthy spices on the aroma come forward first, paving the way for leather, soy and chocolate notes. Bright herbaceous berry fruits peek through the complexity eluding to the development still to come.
The palate is fine and bright displaying the strengths of Coonawarra. Red berries, tomato leaf and leafy herbs are complemented by well integrated oak spice and nutty notes. Fine chocolate tannins and mid palate weight courtesy of McLaren Vale completes this most Cabernet of Cabernets.
95 points – Australian Wine Showcase Magazine
92 points – Campbell Mattinson (The Winefront)