September 17, 2019 - Very good, dark fruit ,still tight, give it more time
June 17, 2016 - Concentrated aged and balanced Aussie Cab. Great. Threw plenty of sediment, only slight bricking. Quite firm still, but the tannins were a high frequency buzz, pleasant if you like that (I do). Just a tad jammy or would have scored higher.
December 18, 2015 - [At G&L S's de Montrose dinner]. Opaque black with garnet rim. Plummy blackcurrant bouquet with hints of earth, dried flowers, cigar box, spices & subtle oak. Full, deep, intense, quite dense & concentrated black fruits underpinned by fair amount of smooth ripe tannins & velvety extracts with bright acidity in fine balance; excellent mouthfeel with sharp focus. Long tangy finish. (92.5)
July 15, 2015 - Solid, balanced dark fruit and tobacco/coffee tones. Good by itself, better with food.
June 13, 2015 - Very nice Coonawarra cabernet with lovely ripe flavours, matching well with red meats.
December 3, 2014 - Drank with rack of lamb dinner. Very nice cab. Smooth and not over the top which I always worry about with Aussie wines. Not particularly complex but a very good accompaniment to the meal.
November 23, 2014 - Opaque, deep prune juice purple with slight brick hue. Intense tomato leaf, sea moss (not a real thing, but a briny sea mist character mixed with a vegetative earthiness) cherry cordial, chicory wood, and licorice root. Some nice secondary notes that are difficult to pin point, but add a richness and depth. The palate is a little less interesting, resolved tannins with oak char on the finish. Having with roast duck; wish there was more fruit, I wanted a more jammy Cab. Oh, well.
September 27, 2014 - Decanted and needed 2 hrs to start showing its class. I was expecting something evolved and matured, but guess what ,this is vivid & energetic, mint, eucalyptus, some dark fruits, nice weight on the palate, got some minerality as well, and a lovely smooth finish.
October 19, 2013 - I enjoyed the nose on this but the taste didn't it live up to the nose at all. Purple brooding fruit. Fig, plum, cassis, with some licorice and earth on the nose. The fruit is starting to fade. While there was earth, leather & crushed rock I missed that dark fruit. It needed that to pull everything together. So instead of some depth and complexity it was more linear and earthy. A little disjointed for my taste. The last bottle I had was better.
June 6, 2013 - To me this is right in its sweet spot. I had to decant this and let it breathe for about an hr to let it settle and it needed it. This was a bit backward for me. The nose was more graphite & pencil shavings which have way to blackberry and black currants on the end of the nose. The initial taste was bitter almost to tart. Once the bottle warmed up (it was a cellar temp for the initial tasting) it started to show its stuff. Still fruit was on the back end and I prefer it up front and in my face. The tannins have softened but would be attenuated further with a few more years of cellaring. In my opinion and I'm not a wine critic just someone who loves wine, I would drink this now. The tannins were in a sweet spot for me and the alcohol was about right. This had some balance and depth just not in the style that I love.