Another icon of Australian Red Wine and one of our best Cabernets from the excellent 2004 vintage in Coonawarra. All of the classic Cabernet descriptors with Capsicum (Red Pepper) to the fore - also Tomato Bush and Mint. Palate has cassis and bitter chocolate flavours. Enough tannin and acid to go on for another 10 years at least. A classic. — 12 days ago
Aromas of light wood, white pepper, vanilla and nutmeg. Ripe red fruit, chocolate, herbs, licorice and earthy flavors. Ripe and Jammy but well balanced. Great equilibrium between the two varietals. Long tannin structure. Excellent!! — 19 minutes ago
Still detoxing from Napa & Bordeaux Cabernet.
The nose reveals; dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some plum & blue fruits, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals.
The body is on the fuller and richer side of Pinot. The wine is beautifully elegant across the palate. For a wine not coming from my best storage, this has held up nicely and showing far more complexity and integration than say a year ago. The structure & tension are still firm while the length and balance are approaching its high point. Dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some creamy black raspberries, mashed strawberries flesh, plum & blue fruits, raisins, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, dark, long lasting spices with some heat, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals. The acidity is quite nice with well balanced fruit & earth finish that is persistent for minutes.
Photos of; Hope & Grace’s Stag’s Leap Vineyard, a very old vine which, I would say is 60 plus years old, Winemaker-Charles Hendricks willing to still do the heavy lifting and one of my favorite paintings that used to be in the Hope & Grace tasting room but, now is in Charles house. — 16 days ago
A delicious dessert wine with plenty of flavor. Works fine at room temp. — 6 days ago
Easy smooth red — a month ago
No mustiness in this bottle and looks like it’s following the excellent 2016 which Wine Spectator gave high score
Will improve so will cellar several and see how it develops
— a month ago
Nice to go with steak — 5 hours ago
Excellent Australian buy! Have had it several times now, and still does not disappoint; great rich Shiraz with the attribute of pairing well with just about any food choices. — 2 months ago
Delicate and crisp with only a hint of sweetness. Tastes great drunk ice cold on a hot summers day. Enjoying on its own but would work well with a light salad — a month ago