Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $25 ★★★★

Inky-dark and magenta-black hued, this organically produced cabernet shows a distinctly earthy vein running through it, while being supplemented by dried herbs, leathery, gamey notes and bold, bracing acidity.  It’s young and tightly coiled, so if you’ve got time, decant it.  Otherwise grab the biggest glass you can find and swirl the heck out of […]

Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $18 ★★★½

Designed in homage to the super-shy, South African Cape Leopard, one of Africa’s big 5 (but rarely seen) predators.  The fruit for this tobacco, berry and cedar-driven cabernet is sourced from vineyard sites in Robertson, Firgrove, and Stellenbosch and in Groenekloof; vineyards that incorporate a Beck property game reserve on the slopes of Rooiberg Mountain. […]

Howard Park Margaret River Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $30 ★★★★

An instant hit of crushed blackberry and blackcurrant that’s edged with rooibos tea and hints of tobacco means it’s clearly an overachiever in the aroma stakes.  It ranks up with the prefects in palate-weight too with dark, elegantly structured , smoky, cedary oak, chewy cabernet tannins and a choco-spice finish.  ‘Miamup road’ runs between Cowaramup and Wilyabrup, […]

St John’s Road ‘Line & Length’ Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

St John’s Road ‘Line & Length’ Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $20 ★★★½ Here’s a bottle of banging Barossa cabernet that’ll tick all your boxes if you’re looking for bolshy sweet plum and blackcurrant notes, chocolate, peppercorn and classic minty characters.  There’s a plush, fleshy sweetness, fruitcake spices and a smoky, toasty finish that just cries […]

Elderton Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Elderton Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $31 ★★★★ It’s the perfume of this wine which won me over from the first sniff.  Bay  and dried, bouquet garni herbs weave through subtle eucalypt and sweet, ripe plum and blueberry notes.  In the mouth it’s buoyant and fresh, yet velvety-smooth at the same time. The tannins are […]

Jacob’s Creek St. Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Jacob’s Creek St. Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 $50  This wine is glossy with incredibly dense colour and gorgeous aromas of mint, violet, hints of leather and black fruit.  In the mouth it is warming, plush, gamey and elegantly structured.  The tannins have a gentle yet solid grip and add a lovely textural layer to […]

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