This is one of the greatest Diana Madeline's. The outstanding quality of this wine reflects a combination of the excellent conditions that existed for all red grape varieties during the lead up to the 2007 vintage and the benefits of employing the best biodynamic practices.
A very concentrated deep red color. The bouquet is already very complex, combining clean and rich blackcurrant aromas (typical of great vintages of this wine style) with a touch of blackberry and vanillin oak. The palate is a complex amalgam of liquorice, fennel and different fruit flavors, including plum, mulberry, red currant and blueberry, backed by just the right amount of clean oak. Long and persistent. The extraordinary depth of flavor reflects the outstanding quality of the 2007 vintage
Can be cellared at least 20 years.
The 2007 Diana Madeline was made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine CompanionThis is as close to perfection as one can imagine in terms of structure, texture and its complex fruit flavours. Great now, greater still in another 10 years, and who knows how long thereafter. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot.
The Wine AdvocateI also took a look at the 2007 Diana Madeline, a vintage blended of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, matured like the 2008, though this one achieved 13.8% alcohol (the label reads 14%). Giving a very deep garnet-purple color, it has complex, moderately intense aromas of warm blackberry, black olive, hung meat, tree bark and underbrush plus supporting notes of dark chocolate and Sichuan pepper. This is a more structured vintage possessing a great backbone of high acidity and medium to firm fine tannins with a bit of chew in the long finish. Drink it 2012 to 2022+.
Wine SpectatorVelvety in texture and lively in flavor, with red berry, cherry, mineral and rosemary flavors competing for attention on a vibrant frame. This has transparency, elegance and grace, with a very long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 100 cases imported.
International Wine CellarBright ruby. Seductive, intensely aromatic and pure on the nose, with notes of deep black raspberry, cherry-cola, smoky herbs and flowers. Lush, creamy dark berry and cherry compote flavors coat the palate, with velvety tannins adding gentle support. Bitter chocolate and licorice notes arrive on the finish, lending seriousness and grip. But this wine will require some patience.
Wine EnthusiastDespite this wine's reputation for longevity, the 2007 seems to be an early-maturing vintage of Diana Madeline. It's full bodied and supple, with tobacco and cassis notes that pick up chocolaty, almost fudge-like nuances.
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