Ranked #4 of 15 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot from Yarra Valley
Medium dark red purple. Bright colour and nose. Fresh crushed-leaf and mint and herbal aromas. Also primary plummy fruit, not terribly cabbish. Deep, lively, intense palate with firm tannins underlined by acidity and quite long finishing. A touch too ripe? Not very regional. Very enjoyable drinking, generous but elegant. Has aging potential.
Drink: 2011 to 2025
92 Points Robert Parker
Blended of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot, the 2008 Cabernet Blend was matured 21 months in French oak, 35% new. With a medium to deep garnet/purple color, it reveals pretty aromas of cassis, eucalyptus, chocolate mints, pencil shavings and cloves. It is well structured with medium to firm very fine tannins and medium-high acidity. With a full body, it has a generous amount of fruit lingering into the long finish. Consider drinking this wine from 2013 and it should continue to evolve and give pleasure to 2022+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. June, 2010
93 Points James Halliday
Bright colour; elegantly framed red fruit and black olive bouquet, showing some rolled leaf complexity; the palate is driven by fine acidity, fragrant red fruits and super fine-grained tannins; unevolved, but with a healthy and elegant future. Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot. Drink to 2020.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2011