The aroma opens with the classic 'Signature' aromatics of red currants, leafy notes, cedar and spices all supported with fine violet and cherry florals. The mouth-feel is full-bodied, long and persistent tannins and shows great concentration yet elegance. This wine has long term aging potential.
"The Signature is on the back, this year it is Clive Weston, for long employed by Negociants NZ. The choice of 20 months' maceration in Yalumba-coopered French, Hungarian and American oak has not impacted as much as anticipated on the medium to full-bodied palate with its rich blackcurrant and plum fruit, and ripe tannins."
Australian Wine Companion
"Velvety, ripe and expressive, offering a full-bodied mouthful of dark berry, plum, chocolate and floral flavors that persist into a long and generous finish. The extraripe fruit lingers, showing real presence but not extra weight. Drink now through 2019."
"The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz unfurls evolving aromas of warm blackberries, dried mulberries and stewed plum alongside underlying menthol, potpourri, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg scents. Medium to full-bodied, it harmoniously supports a great core of maturing fruit with firm, finely grained tannins and a vibrant acid line through a finish with great length. Drink it now to 2022+."
The Wine Advocate