Stelzer said of this iconic Coonawarra Cab Sauv: "This is, unreservedly, one of the great Riddochs of all time" when bestowing 98 pts.
The nose was spellbinding as deep, rich opulent flavours of blackberries, cassis, blackcurrant, a touch of leather saddle, mint, dark chocolate & spice wafted from the glass. This only hinted at how good the palate turned out to be. As a wave of some of the roundest and most velvety mouth feels I have experienced played out with these flavours.
It was absolutely stunning even at this relatively early point in its life (Stelzer said not to open it for at least 20 years). It didn't feel as big as Stelzer had described it. But you could tell it would continue to develop for many years to come. The $112 paid from a Sydney bottle shop felt about right. A killer 97/100 (4.6/5.0) from me.
Very dense layers of fruit; blackberries and blackcurrant. Smells of French oak and spices. Intense wine and coiled up at this stage. Needs a long time in the cellar. Shows some licorice, creamy oak and a pinch of eucalyptus on the palate. Very well balanced acidity. Massive fruit depth cannot be overstated. It is a very big wine, but not overripe. Oak will need 10 years to be swallowed up by the fruit. Good length, solid tannin structure. Drank this 10 years too early. Will wait for the next one. Patience will reward after 2025+
United Cellars Bordeaux tasting 2015 (Harbour 220/L15 131 Macquarie Street): the nose is slightly dusty with red currant notes and a slight black fruit core with polished French oak On agitation this core strays more into cassis and Ribena. Also some cream and vanilla come forward. In the mouth the wine has flavours of red and black currant fruit, vanilla, almost chocolate then slight course, flour textured tannins, fruit persists. Good.
(tasted blind) Deep purple with considerable tears. Medium plus aromas of cream, black currant, herbaceousness - mint and eucalyptus, slight cedar and pencil shavings, leather, spice. On the palate medium plus acid, mint, black fruit, big mouth filling stuff. Medium plus tannin is chased by cream, vanilla and alcohol. massive. Long. Mmm.
Wynnsday - Wynns New Releases 2012 (Sydney): [14%, screwcap, A$100] As plush as its Michael sibling; and this seems to be more about sweet black plums and chocolate than cabernet. With a dollop of fine cedar oak too. A weighty palate; full-bodied, with more obvious powder-like tannins than the Michael shiraz. Still, there are sweet succulent fruits on offer; it’s pure and not over-ripe. Wynns are getting the balance of acid and alcohol right in these wines; criticism tends to be relative. Still, the finish is only medium length, and I find this sybaritic style of less interest than its cheaper brethren. It’s far more drinkable at this young age than JRs used to be; whether that’ll affect its aging potential I don’t know. But the price is a bit silly to find out.
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