2015 Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard | Smyth's Block, Leasingham // Average Vine Age 50 years
Handpicking, open fermentation and 2 years in French oak have resulted in a full bodied wine with distinct regional characteristics of mint and eucalyptus with rich blackcurrant and chocolate.
It has well integrated oak with firm tannins and lingering palate.
Enjoy now or cellar until 2030.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Reviewed by Philip White, drinkster.blogspot.com, 6th Feb 2018
"Similar in its lean visage and thousand-yard stare, this is classic Clare Cabernet wearing a stylish French oak couture. Something about that region - I suspect it's the very low humidity during ripening - grows fruit with less of the fleshy primary berry character you find in, say, typical McLaren Vale. At its very best, Clare seems to produce more savoury olivine flavour: it's more like pickled kalamata juice than blackberry or raspberry. Here's your example. It grew in the eucalypt country at Leasingham. Oh sure, there are sweet red fruits glowering in here, and the musky confectioner's sugar, violets and faint lavendar like other grand Cabernets waft about. But it's lean and athletic and while it's taking its time to start, it'll soon swing into that long-distance rhythm and run an easy decade...."
91 POINTS, Wine Matrix, www.winematrix.com.au, March 2018
"The deepest of reds and this is a big red indeed. On the nose aromas of mint and eucalypt abound. The palate is rich and strong flavours of chocolate and blackcurrant are introduced. Firm tannins deliver a well balanced and long lingering finish."