A dense crimson red, this wine has distinctive characters of cedar, fresh spices and stalky redcurrants combine with black cherry fruits and black olives. The medium to full-bodied palate is layered with sweet fruit compote and dark fruits. A richly concentrated wine wrapped in a fine package, complete with long, fine grainy tannins. Built to handle at least ten years in the cellar.
Match with char-grilled T-bone steak, chunky fries and hollandaise.
Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Shiraz
"Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, pungent herbs, licorice and incense. Deep, chewy cherry and dark berry flavors are framed by dusty tannins and pick up smoky herbal and tobacco notes with air. The tannins add grip to the long, seductively spicy finish, which echoes the herb and tobacco notes. Showing the cabernet today, and built to age."
International Wine Cellar
"Super ripe, super oaky and super concentrated, this wine shows depth and power, rich black fruits, mocha and a completely unevolved personality; the inherent power is undeniable, and on a cold night with a braised dish, may be the perfect tonic."
Australian Wine Companion
"Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, the 2008 FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz displays a deep garnet-purple color and is very fruit-forward with intense black cherry and warm blackberry aromas plus whiffs of dried Mediterranean herbs and mint. Medium-bodied, crisp and taut on the palate, it gives firm grainy tannins, just enough flesh and a long finish."
The Wine Advocate
"A lush blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, this is full bodied and a bit jammy at this stage, full of primary blueberry and blackberry fruit framed with cedary oak. The potent finish lingers, suggesting the potential to cellar through 2020 if you have the patience to wait for a more complex, integrated wine. If not, just pop and pour for the upfront fruit. "