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Clarendon Hills Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

$110.00

Planted in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale during the 1940’s the Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon site is populated by a rare pre-phylloxera Chateau Reynella Cabernet Sauvignon clone that expresses the ancient Blewitt Springs terroir with opulence and majesty. Low yielding, west facing old vines produce a powerful yet refined and elegantly composed, classic Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of black currant, graphite, slate, earl grey tea, sage and bay leaf mixed with cedar shaving and baking spice with a roast meat undertone that gives the wine power and presence.

 

“We ignore cabernet and cohorts from the Vale at our peril. This maritime iteration, lifted by elevation and fine geologies, is very fine. A smoother sheath than its BDX sibling. Yet a rattle of gritty mineral precision is similarly defining its core. Full weighted, yet almost ethereal, so deft is the extraction. The oak, all class. Blackcurrant, mulberry, mulch, pencil shavings and porcini dashi laden with umami. Thickens as it opens, ladling kirsch, black olive and sage across the super finish. Settle in and nuzzle.”

 

96/100

James Halliday’s Wine Companion, Ned Goodwin MW

 

” This has real depth and concentration, as well as purity of cassis and dark-cherry fruit with an overlay of roasting herbs and bay leaf. Distinctive cabernet. The palate has distinctive freshness and sanguine, powerful tannins that carry some cocoa powder-like tones. Fine and dry finish with bright, fresh acidity. Black-fruit finish. Drink over the next decade.”

97/100

James Suckling.comĀ 

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