South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds

Grange Hermitage Bin 95 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

Alex Lallos
9.6

1982 this wine was off the freaking charts. When it was first opened it was so incredibly / stupidly youthful. Classic Grange aromas of menthol, black cherry, cocoa and brush. It just kept evolving and shortly after showed some age when the oak separated from the dark fruit. Boy what a wine. No wonder it is a hallmark type wine regardless of region and year. Wow thanks @Ben Edwards — 8 days ago

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Guy Fiore

Guy Fiore

Nice!

Cullen Wines

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1999

Cedary notes with undergrowth and a touch of asparagus. Soft silky yet assertive tannins if that makes sense. Detuned but authorative if that makes sense. A beguiling Wine which does make sense of these statements. This is very Bordelaise but personally I prefer some of the bolder masculine expressions in Wilyabrup like Woodlands and Moss Wood. So well balanced that nothing stands out. At 18 years old I will be drinking the last one when 20 in 2019. — 15 days ago

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Clarendon Hills

Brookman Syrah 2005

David T
9.4

On the nose; ripe, syrupy dark currants, blackberries, sweet slightly liqueured dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, blue fruits, dark fruit gummy bears, tarry notes, black pepper, soft leather, dry brush, black licorice, caramel, dry crushed rocks, loamy dry top soil, violets, lilacs and lavender. The body is warm, thick, ultra rich, lush & elegant. The tannins are round & velvety but still have strength...50% resolved. It has another 10-12 years of good drinking ahead. The fruits are gorgeous & ripe; blackberries, sweet slightly liqueured dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries & lots of blue fruits & strawberries that paint the palate on the long set. A fair amount of tarry notes, black pepper, dry herbaceous notes (bay leaf), dry black olive, medium dark spice, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, clove, soft leather, dry brush, black licorice, dry crushed rocks, loamy dry top soil, violets, lilacs and lavender. The acidity is round & excellent. The long fruit driven finish is beautifully lush, elegant, well structured with near perfect balance. Photos of; Owner/Winemaker Roman Bratasiuk, their old gnarly 80-90 year old and low yielding vines and two of their vineyards. Producer history and notes...Clarendon Hills was founded in 1990 by Biochemist Roman Bratasiuks. Roman sought to further his passion for great wine by making some himself. Roman never trained as a winemaker. He planned on using his insight as a wine taster and scientist alike to dictate decisions. Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved. The beginnings of Clarendon Hills effectively started in 1989 when he knocked on the door a local grower whose fruit he liked. A great friendship grew from from this by chance knock on the door. A handshake ensued and it became the first Clarendon Hills vineyard. On Saturday 24 February in 1990, Roman with just a bucket and secateurs arrived. Much to the growers shock, he began picking fruit himself. Roman started at 6 am and finished at 9 pm that evening; he picked half the entire vineyard himself and returned on Sunday the 25th to finish it. This process was repeated in a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard which formed the 3 single site wines produced in 1990. Crushing was performed by Roman using empty bottles to squash the fruit in a bucket, then transferred by that bucket, to one of the 3 small ex-dairy tanks all bought for $100 and a quick, non-temperature controlled wild-yeast fermentation ensued. The wines were pressed in a borrowed basket press and matured in 3 separate third-hand barrels. The vintage was finished in 11 days. Much to Roman’s delight the wines were superb and they sold. With the money he bought more buckets, three more barrels and rent for a shed to house wines. The process was repeated the next year and the year after that. Clarendon Hills grew from his determination. This one man had to make wine after work and on the weekends after his 9-to-5 job. A local news paper even ran a story "Tin shed wines take on the world"; which made Roman cringe but slowly Clarendon Hills grew, it afforded him more equipment to make the process less labour-intensive and slowly grow his vineyard repertoire. In 1994, Roman left the Australian Government laboratories and devoted himself to Clarendon Hills 100%. In the 1994 vintage, Roman hired his first employee and rebranded his $30 Clarendon Hills Shiraz as 1994 Clarendon Hills Astralis. It was the first bottle in Australia to be priced at $100. It sold out. Roman went on for many years, making and selling the wines himself. Travelling the world over to show people the wines he made. Roman figured since he made the wine, he was the most logical choice to sell and represent his wine. This worked out so well, he continues to show the wines himself. Clarendon Hills produces; 8 Syrah, 6 Grenache, 3 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot and Mourvedre wine. They are all single vineyards single varietal wines, produced from low yielding, dry grown old vines which are hand pruned and hand picked. All his wines are aged in high-quality French oak barriques. Quite a brilliant success story. This is also another wine I acquired on the secondary market for much less it’s release price and far less than their current release prices. It starts as a 9.3 with a half-hour decant. However, as it gets to an hour and half decant plus, it just gets better & better. Works it’s way to a 9.5 in a hour decant. — 22 days ago

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McWilliam's

Block 19 and 20 Single Vineyard Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Ripped with tannin, dense black fruit, savoury long finish. Needed a minimum 3 hour decant to open up, got to find somewhere I can stash the rest. $32 from Kemenys, good deal. — 8 days ago

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Penfolds

Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cork was a bit fussy but for a wine that was purchased in 2001 and moved seattle ny london dublin it fucking rocked! — 2 days ago

Two Hands

Sexy Beast McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Classic Two Hands gem. Bravo! — 2 days ago

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Hemera Estate

Single Vineyard Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

AH
9.5

Fruity and sweet. Light. Dry tang at the end. Strawberry — 9 days ago

Moss Wood

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Dusty, earthy forestfruit, still quite primary. Lots of balance, weight and class.
Wonderful Cabernet.
— 13 hours ago

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John Van Trijp

John Van Trijp

@Jeroen Koenen grrrrr my 01 was Corked yssterday at Fitzgerald 😤

St. Hugo

Shiraz Cabernet 2013

One of my favourites and the 2013 didn’t disappoint. Great blend of Coonawarra and Barossa. Full flavoured and full bodied. Classic Australian red. — a day ago

Two Hands

The Bull and The Bear Cabernet Malbec 2011

High end Malbec in Australia? Long been a huge fan of this producer and this is no exception, velvety texture from start through finish. Red and brambly black fruit and spice. Great balance. — a month ago

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