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  • Undoubtedly one of Australia's truly great red wines.
  • The best young Australian red wine I have ever tasted - an instant classic.
  • Beautiful mouth-perfume, and a savoury tobacco laced finish of soaring length.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of well ripened dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes.
Palate Structured and fruit driven, The palate delivers blackcurrant fruit and lovely spicy nuances supported by fine-grained tannins.
Food Pairing Port Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc.
Variety Red Blends
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Margaret River
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Margaret River
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.



The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.



In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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James Halliday
87% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 1% each of the malbec and cabernet franc, from the Cullen Vineyard; matured for 17 months in French barriques (66% new). Is is inappropriate to use the word 'elegant' in describing the wine, simply because it is on another, higher level, making the word hackneyed in this instance. The fragrant bouquet, the silky palate and perfectly shaped tannins of the finish are unique to this wine. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2024.
98
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Gary Walsh
Cabernet is what I’d call my ‘home ground’, and while I’d suggest that there’s an excessive amount of high scoring wines in this country these days, all I can offer by way of humble apology, is that you rarely see those kind of scores dished out at The Wine Front. They are rare birds here, which is as it should be. This wine hit me, straight off the bat, the same way the 2014 Tyrrell’s 4 Acres did. Hit me for six.



Violet and subtle leafy perfume, pure black and red fruit, baking spices, aniseed and mocha. Medium bodied, the precision here, the generous delivery of flavour trimmed of excess, seems like the work of the truly gifted: how do you make it look so easy? Sculptured tannin, ribbons of clear acidity, and length that soars. Truly, a masterpiece of Australian Cabernet.

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