2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
The marriage between Coonawarra soils and the noble Cabernet Sauvignon grape have long been known to produce wines of outstanding quality and longevity.
Our Cabernet has benefited from the terra rossa over limestone soils of our ‘Abbey’ estate vineyard located in southern Coonawarra. The unique micro climate within this part of the region produces an extended ripening period which tightens the tannin structure and increases the fruit density.
95 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2018
There is more finesse with Parker wines of late. This beauty is right up there with its atypical, pleasing aromas of blackberry and boysenberries, a sprinkle of spice, freshly rolled tobacco, dried mint and earth. The palate is very neatly contained, textured tannins balanced; a long finish.
93+ POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON
The aroma is lifted and inviting and the palate, while powerful, has an elegance to it. Indeed this cabernet is as much into boysenberry and black cherry as it is into blackcurrant, with leafy, minty, tobacco-like accents rounding it out. It’s not simple, it’s not sophisticated, it’s just complex in an easy-to-drink way, with firm-but-well-integrated tannin holding the hand of flavour through the finish. You could drink this now and yet it will surely develop well over quite a length of time. A modest creaminess to the wine’s texture doesn’t hurt matters at all.
2014 TERRA ROSSA CABERNET REVIEWS
95 POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON
A flood of cassis, a rush of mint, the odd trick of tobacco and a pure integrated ooze of dark chocolate. This is the power of cabernet in race mode, all sleek and svelte. Yes, it’s good.
94 POINTS - RAY JORDAN
From a very late but very good Coonawarra vintage. The wine was left on skins for an extended period to capture as much flavour as possible and then matured in about 60 per cent new French oak for 18 months. The result is a slick and stylish cabernet typical of the region. Seamless and smooth with a lingering finish of great power.
92 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deep red colour with a purple rim. The bouquet is ripe and clean, attractively fragrant with blackberry and blueberry notes, and a touch of olive or tapenade. The wine is tightly focused, concentrated and long, with power and formidable grip. It promises to reward cellaring.
The year 2014 was a classic Coonawarra vintage and this is one of the most enjoyable and best-value cabernets I’ve seen in a long time.
It is beautifully smooth and intensely flavoured; the palate poised between savouriness and attractive, tangy blackcurrant fruit, tightly structured before finishing with some typical Coonawarra cabernet austerity.