2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Made from fruit grown on the Williams family vineyard in Southern Coonawarra - located just behind the Parker Cellar Door - the grapes were picked at optimum ripeness following an exceptional growing season in 2014. Fermentation took place in static fermenters before maturation in French oak followed by final blending and bottling.
The Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a ripe and generous style, yet with enough restraint to display distinct varietal and regional characteristics.
93+ POINTS - KIM BREBACH
A rich, smooth red, similar in style to the Shiraz, with cassis and dark berries replacing pepper and spice. Good length and fine-grained tannins add a touch of class. The wine opened up and softened nicely over a couple of days, which suggests it will improve for a couple of years or three.
92 POINTS - MIKE BENNIE
A serious-feeling Cabernet Sauvignon that shifts up from medium weight into fuller figured, smells of dark potent black berries and currants, pencil shavings, twiggy oak, ash and salt bush. In the palate, thick set yet ripples with dusty tannins. It’s a good release.
2013 COONAWARRA SERIES CABERNET REVIEWS
94 POINTS - CHRIS SHANAHAN
Our wine of the week earned its place for sheer flavour, value and fidelity to the Coonawarra regional style. The winery now belongs to WD Wines, an energetic business that also owns the Hesketh and St John's Road brands. Jonathon Hesketh and Phil Lehmann, drive the businesses – Hesketh in charge of marketing and Lehmann making wine. In the excellent 2013 vintage, Lehmann captured the ripe, full flavours of the cabernet grape, complete with the mid-palate flesh that can be missing in cooler years. His approach for this wine, made to meet a particular retail price, emphasises Coonawarra's cassis-like varietal flavours (OK, there's a touch of mint), with sufficient tannin to give true cabernet structure and authority. This is a lot of wine for the price.
93 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY
Identical vinification to the Shiraz; the wine is anything but, the bouquet with seaweed/iodine nuances running alongside cassis fruit, the lipsmacking palate providing more of the same.
93 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deep red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is intensely blackberry-like, clean and attractive, with spot-on ripeness. Very intense on the palate, concentrated and deep, with lush fruit and superb cabernet flavour if ideal ripeness. A superb cabernet and great value for money.
4.5 STARS - TONY LOVE
From the region of some of Australia's great cabernets, this outing is a joy, deliciously vibrant with characteristic smells of all those blackberries and cassis lifted currants, all kept in line with nicely tempered oak treatment that brews up a smooth mocha flavour. The mouth feel is fresh and not at all heavy with the variety's natural grip. Lovely drinking now, put some away for more joy.
90 POINTS - GARY WALSH
Black fruit, nougat, eucalyptus, violets and chocolate. Medium to full bodied, glossy choc-nougat and nutty flavours with perky acidity, light tannin and plenty of sweet dark fruit. Has a good finish and feels well turned out, if not somewhat crowd pleasing in style. Pretty tidy.
PAUL IPPOLITO - 5 MIN WINE RUSH
Classy aromatic nose. elegant and stylish cut to it. Good backbone and structure, a well rounded fleshy set of juicy plums and currants and spicy fruit muffin like feel on the palate. Delicious easy drinking, the oak is spicy and there but not in a dominant way. Indeed balance and poise are the buzz words from start to finish. I like the way it sits nicely in terms of its drinking now reward and its ability to develop and further reward over the next 5 to 7 years. Ample, smooth and moreish, a treat with paella. At $25, it is good value as well.