Ranked #2 of 56 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra
Deep red with a good touch of purple: an excellent colour. There are ripe blackberry fruit aromas, clean and intense, with a touch of violets. The wine is concentrated and deep in the mouth, with muscle and grip, all in acceptable balance. The wine is firm and slightly sinewy in tannin, tight and elegant, the grip and flavour continuing long after the wine has left the mouth. It's not a very big wine, but concentrated. It demands patience, as the tannins are dominant and the flavours are yet to fully emerge. It has a big cellaring future. A superb wine - but not ready yet. Cellar it!
Drink: 2019 to 2052
97 Points James Halliday
Has great depth to its strong purple-crimson hue, telegraphing an ultra-powerful wine in the tradition of John Riddoch, needing a minimum of 10 years to relax. In wine terms, the case to delay its release to coincide with that of Grange is obvious, but in marketing and/or financial terms it simply won't happen. A great John Riddoch in the making. Drink to 2052.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2015