Community Tasting Notes (7) Avg Score: 90.3 points

  • Aromas of chocolate, blackcurrants, ripe fruits and blackberries.%0d%0aStill primary and rich fruity entry, exhibits blackcurrants, sweet fruits and milk chocolate. Smooth and pretty robust on the mid-palate.%0d%0aLong lingering finish with chewy tannins.%0d%0aPretty good but not as complex as The Coppermine Road, although slightly better than Elderton Ashmead.

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  • Drank this at Royal Pavilion last night with some Aussie wine lovers.

    Sweet notes on the palate, this wine is well integrated upon opening.
    As compared to the rest of the wines of the evening, this wine lacks power or substance.

    Not a bad or terrible wine, but when compared to the rest in the lineup the lack of substance in The Tally was evident.

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  • Drank this wine tonight at PeraMakan to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday.

    Lots of wood, cassis, cigar, toast, and liquorice. This wine is somewhat closed and not much flavours or depth could be extracted from it.

    Decanted it for an hour or so but it did not help much. Wine still remains unimpressive. Considering that this wine came from one of the more prominent wine makers (Balnaves of Coonawarra) in Australia, received an "Outstanding" rank in Langton's Classification V and is recommended as an "Perfectly aged Cabernet from Australia," I have every right to be disappointed in this wine.

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  • Deep red in colour, mint and earth on the nose, there are layers of fruits with blackberry and plum that dominate the palate along with cassis and elements of spice from the oak. Finish is long, with a nice tannin structure

    Review Link - (drink by 2014)

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  • Impeccable colour and little sign of its 9yrs of age but definitely decant; beware significant sediment. Nose was tight when cork was first pulled but after 3hrs in the decanter was intense; slight brandy and Xmas cake but intertwined with hints of mint/menthol. Taste was initially dry, almost cocoa powder but turning into currants and jammy fruits. Lingering tannins. Finish becomes a bit dusty but then the mint really starts to bite in an exceptionally long (and surprisingly evolving) finish. Stunning but will unquestionably reward further patience (phew - I have 2 left)

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