Always a classic Bordeaux style blend from Australia, this vintage (from a warm year) hits a home run. Pure fruit, great balance, and complexity equals amazing value.
The main characters present in this wine are violets, red berries and earthy notes. The fruit is the dominant feature, with hints—the way it should be—of tar and coffee from the predominantly French oak in which the wines spent their adolescence. The palate is youthful and firm, with even tannins that start early and persist right through the lingering savoury finish. This evenness is something that we actively pursue, and which we associate with genuinely ripe cool-climate fruit.
Cabernet sauvignon 55%; Merlot 41%; Cabernet franc 4%
"Supple, refined and generous, offering an impressive range of flavors in a sleek package, centering on black currant, blackberry and anise flavors that persist beautifully on the harmonious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2010."