Big & Bold
I paid 11.97 for this vintage in March 2012. What a deal! Wonderful nose of berries out of the bottle. Deep color and medium to full body. Very smooth and not acidic. Almost a fruit bomb but not quite. Smooth tannins. Will buy 2009 for sure.
Year after year this is my "go to" cab. When friends ask me to pick out a wine for them, I suggest the Phoenix. It has typical Australian suppleness and is sufficiently complex to be interesting all on its own. It is great complement to food.