Ranked #1 of 20 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley
Deep red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet evokes eucalyptus forest floor and savoury dried herbs. A big wine with a firm structure, it needs time and will age well. Fine, firm tannins. Deep-set berries and a kiss of gumleaf. There are deep-set blackberry flavours on the palate, too. This is excellent, but very tight and demands patience.
Drink: 2020 to 2044
97 Points James Halliday
100% cabernet sauvignon from the 1920 and '75 plantings on the Eastern and Central Vineyards. The moment the wine is poured into the glass, the bright, deep colour tells you this wine will assert its authority in no uncertain fashion. Yet it does so by stealth, first revealing the cassis fruit and (in the best sense) mint. There is no bombardment by often autocratic cabernet tannins; just as was the case with the '13 vintage, it is elegant, dispensing tannins slyly. Three very different wines, and I love them all, so the points are the same. Drink to 2047.
Source: James Halliday.