2017 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.
2017 TERRA ROSSA CABERNET REVIEWS
WINE OF THE WEEK - WINSOR DOBBIN
Classic cabernet sauvignon from the heart of Coonawarra's terra rossa strip. From a single-vineyard site, this has everything you'd want in a top-notch Coonawarra red; fruit intensity, balance, structure and potential for longevity. All that's missing is the hefty price tag. A wine this good would cost three times as much if it was made in the Napa Valley. One for sipping and savouring with a hearty end-of-winter casserole.
93 POINTS - STEVEN CREBER, HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Sourced from a number of blocks, open and closed ferments, French oak (20% new) for around 14 months. This feels like a slightly finer, more restrained release than recent vintages. It's red-fruited rather than blackcurrant or blackberry in aroma and flavour, with mint, licorice and herbal characters in play. Will no doubt warrant higher points as it develops.
100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 19/20 - MATTHEW JUKES
2017 Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful summation of its grape, region and maker. I have followed this label for a very long time, it being easier to step up to and more widely available than First Growth. Occasional past vintages have looked a little earthy or tough, but in 2017 there is a richness and immediacy which I really like about this wine. The label is the exact colour of the red Terra Rossa dirt in which the grapes are grown and so it is a super show and tell wine for people who have yet to come across this Cabernet stronghold.
94 POINTS - NICK BUTLER
Bright purple and youthful. Blueberry pie, mulberries and a faint whiff of cedary oak. Ethereal glide on the palate. Red fruits mixing with blue - lovely oak. It's balanced and refined. Delicious.
92 POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON
...Blackcurrant and boysenberry, bay leaves, tobacco and dusty tannin. Long, straight, stern and yet fleshy-enough. Unmistakably cabernet. Tannin has it set for a sound future.
93 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING
A firm and silky red with plum, powdered chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
2016 TERRA ROSSA CABERNET REVIEWS
100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 18/19 - MATTHEW JUKES
93 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
The bouquet has some cedar and smoked meats nuances, with a foresty savouriness. It's full-bodied and firm, with good mouth-coating tannins. It’s full-bodied and chunky, with a fruit-sweet middle before abundant tannin and grip at the finish.
96 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
This is a welcome return to form; a beacon of light for a region that has fallen under the bushel of those on western shores. The tannin management here, recently lacking in Coonawarra, is exemplary of a pure varietal clarity with cassis, bay leaf, cedar, olive & bouquet garni, strewn about a crucible of well-appointed oak. Nothing is excessive. This is mid-weighted of composure. Assured.
93 POINTS - QWINE
This grew into a neat groove over a couple of days of tasting. A beautiful expression of Coonawarra Cabernet. Sourced from nine blocks, the fruit was picked two weeks earlier than the 2015 vintage due to a warmer than usual spring. 14 months in a combination of new and second use French oak. Dark fruit and berries drag their feet through some earth. Flashes of black olive and herbs plus the expected mint. Cinnamon spice clutches to a long and moreish finish. Hard to not keep going back really. Great drinking. I could even be coerced into giving an extra point. Drinking well now but will reward cellaring for a decade+.
DAN TRAUCKI - WINE ASSIST
Plum and oak aromas with a hint of green spices and white pepper on the bouquet, medium bodied, flavoursome with a lovely lingering finish. PRETTY DARN GOOD!!!