2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Approx.14 months after vintage, Geoff and Scott undergo a blind tasting to select the finest barrels from our Coonawarra and McLaren Vale vineyards that make the grade for our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. These barrels are blended together in tank then returned to a variety of new and seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for additional maturation prior to bottling.

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The aroma is wonderfully varietal, displaying tomato leaf, violet perfume, spice and blue fruits, with a touch of soy and menthol.

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The palate is well structured by firm grippy tannin filled out with generous fruit flavour and supple texture. Even with some time under its belt, the palate is still youthful with great acidity, tension and bright fruit flavours.

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Food Pairing

Pair with rich glazed sauces and jus on slow cooked red meat or mushrooms. Beef stroganoff, beef bourguignon, beef short ribs or aged steak with a red wine sauce.

VINTAGE INFORMATION: The lead up to the 2013 vintage in McLaren Vale and the Coonawarra was looking good with Winter rains leaving subsoil moisture levels quite high. The onset of Summer was quite mild giving way to high temperatures and virtually no rain in January and February resulting in relatively low yields for the regions. The 2013 vintage may have been light in crop, but they were very good in quality with the reds having excellent colour and flavour. The rapid and early harvesting tested many winemakers experience in juggling which vineyards to pick immediately and which grapes to keep on the vine. The results rank very highly compared against previous vintages that have earned McLaren Vale & Coonawarra their reputations.

Alcohol 14.5%
Maturation 32 months in new (85%) and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads
Region McLaren Vale 53% / Coonawarra 47%

Professional Reviews

Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)95%
Stuart Robinson (The Vinsomniac)94%
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine94%
Jane Faulkner (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)93%

“A stunning expression offering seductive aromas of crème de cassis, tobacco, cedar, clove and smoked game characters. The palate displays outstanding concentration and persistency, wonderfully supported by silky mouthfeel and grainy tannins. It’s multi-layered and engaging with a lengthy gratifying finish. 5 stars.”

Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)

“A blend of McLaren Vale (53%) and Coonawarra (47%) fruit. Released with the age on it, still retaining an element of youth, vigour and freshness. Plummy, damson, blackcurrant notes on the nose. The palate conveying an acidic freshness, tannin is firm and somewhat robust still now. Gives a firmness and provides length and depth of flavour. Somewhat older school in its presentation, an observation – nothing more. Matched this a medium reverse seared rib fillet on the bone, the tannin/protein match-up a perfect pairing to highlight the depth and even of a touch of char in the oak. In the zone now, yet still with plenty ahead of it.”

Stuart Robinson (The Vinsomniac)

Australian Wine Showcase Magazine

“A blend of fruit 53% from McLaren Vale, 47% Coonawarra, has created a neat combo of juicy blackberries dipped in spice, mint peppermint, sweet oak, new leather and earthy flavours too. Medium-bodied, supple with the tannins mellowing out. In a good spot.”

Jane Faulkner (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)

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