Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Malbec Merlot
Cabernet Malbec Merlot
1998
95
4
$71.90

95 Points James Halliday

A 47/28/25% blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec. Has held its hue well, and has developed into a very elegant wine still to reach the plateau of full maturity, but certain to do so; as it is, cedary oak frames the finely structured black fruits and silky tannins. Drink to 2025.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2014

95 Points James Halliday

The estate plantings, now up to 40 years old, provide effortless power to the array of red and black fruits that drive the bouquet and palate alike; cedary oak and slippery/silky tannins add lustre to a quality wine. Cabernet Sauvignon (48%)/Malbec (28%)/Cabernet Franc (16%)/Merlot (8%). Drink to 2027.
Source: James Halliday. December, 2009

95 Points James Halliday

Good colour and intensity; a classic Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Merlot, intense and uncompromising, which will mature over many years, never losing its birthright. Drink to 2025.
Source: James Halliday. December, 2008

95 Points James Halliday

Aristocratic finesse and style; a mix of spice, cedar, cigar box and black fruits in a perfectly balanced, medium-bodied palate; very long finish. Drink to 2017.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2006

95 Points James Halliday

Fine, fragrant blackcurrant and a hint of raspberry; beautifully balanced and poised; finesse and length. Drink to 2015.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2003

92 Points James Halliday

Medium red-purple; a very fragrant bouquet with a range of cedary/spicy/leafy aromas leads into an elegant palate, with spicy, tangy berry fruit; fine, supple tannins and cedary oak round off a wine which is very much in the character of this medium-bodied, cool climate wine. Drink to 2010.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2000

90 Points James Halliday

Medium red-purple; the moderately intense but fragrant bouquet with spicy/cedary aromas leads into a palate with gentle, dark berry fruit and cedary flavours, finishing with fine, ripe, soft tannins. Very much in the Blackbutt style. Drink to 2010.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2001

89 Points James Halliday

Cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc. 63/20/10/3.5/3.5%. Soft, leathery wine with some blackberried oomph but not a great deal of conviction, even in a mature wine context. Leafy tobacco notes, powdery chocolate and high acidity add more to the frame than to the flesh. Drink to 2020.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2015

During the 1990s, Alkoomi introduced three super-premium wines using small parcels of the best quality grapes from the extensive vineyard. The wines are matured in selected French oak which gently enhances the wine flavours to produce styles of wine that cellar well but can be enjoyed when young. Each of these wines takes its name from one of the magnificent eucalypt (gum) trees that are present on the property.

The 1998 Blackbutt is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon – 15% Malbec – 15% Cabernet Franc – 10% Merlot


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