2014 95 Block
The 95 Block sub-section of our estate 'Abbey' vineyard is located west of the cellars and planted with Reynell clone Cabernet Sauvignon. These vines are original cuttings from Bordeaux, brought to Coonawarra before they were lost to France due to Phylloxera in the late 1800's. The 95 Block also contains four rows of Petit Verdot, which was co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon following the exceptional 2014 vintage.
96 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY
Planted in '95. Comprising 27 rows of cabernet sauvignon and four of petit verdot, with the latter making up 7% of the blend. Excellent dark crimson colour, wafts of menthol and dark chocolate sprinkled on blackberry and plum compote, deep, earthy. Complex, very complete palate, tannins ripe and plentiful.
94 POINTS - TONY KEYS
A cabernet dominant wine with petit verdot adding an edge that provides the zip that our inner self craves. It’s travelling at 94 now but will rise, given time, and $65 is within bounds for this quality of wine.
2013 95 BLOCK REVIEWS
95 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY
Sweet with oak but beautifully structured and fruited. A long life awaits. A mix of blackcurrant and redcurrant streams through a forest of cedar wood, tobacco leaf and milk chocolate. There’s a whiff of hedonism to this, a spirit of seduction.
94 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deep, dense purple red colour; concentrated herbal and essency black fruit aromas, some dried banana oaky notes. The wine is fleshy and deep, with abundant powdery tannins. Good concentration of fruit and energy. A long-term keeper. Very good.
93+ POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON
Oak tolerance is required. In that context, this is a seductive beast. 21.5% petit verdot. 22 months in 100% new French oak.
Oak is certainly a big player in this wine but so too is both fruit and tannin. If you don’t like oak flavours and textures to be in any way obvious than you best steet clear of this wine; if you don’t mind a slink of oak, forge ahead. It’s creamy (in a coconut kind of way), chocolatey and loaded with cedarwood, though all this is attached to a river of blackcurrant and redcurrant, tobacco-and-mint-leaf characters then rounding out the picture. Tannin is ultra fine and seamlessly integrated. The quality is clear, and so too the style. It’s big, obvious and seductive, and while it has a long future ahead, it can most definitely be enjoyed now
96 POINTS - TONY KEYS
A blend of 78.5 per cent cabernet and 21.5 per cent petit verdot, this is a beautifully crafted wine that stretches itself across the palate in a lazy way, but one can feel the underlying power. It all comes together in a spike of pleasure. 96 points and worth $65.