Estate Label

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Rich expressive flavours of cassis, mulberry and a hint of eucalypt. French oak maturation adds touches of dark chocolate, cedar and spice.

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Previous Vintages 2016, 2017
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release the wine is a deep red with a vibrant purple hue.
Nose The wine has an aroma of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of eucalypt. French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate.
Palate This is a wine of great intensity. It has distinctive blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours. Subtle oak characters of cedar cigar box and spice are also evident. The tannins are fine and elegant – a hallmark of the varietal. The palate is well balanced, complex and fulfilling and lingers on the finish.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 6.26
Residual Sugar: 0.6
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2019
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Platinum
  • 2019
  • Womens Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Double Gold
  • 2019
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Millennial Award Show
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • Asian Cabernet Masters
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Emozioni dal Mondo : Merlot e Cabernet insieme
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters
  • Silver
  • 2020
  • Paris Wine Cup
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • China Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • TERRAVINO Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2020
  • Texsom International Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2020
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Bronze
  • 2020
  • West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Dan Berger International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Wine Luxe International Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Clare Valley Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Asia International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2020
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • Mark Henderson, The Otago Daily Times

    Jul 2021
    Very Good to Excellent
    Subtle mint/menthol leads the nose, adding earth and spiced dark fruits. The palate turns up the flavour intensity matched by cooling acidity and firm yet well balanced tannins which help to lend a lip-smacking quality to the close. A cool core to this with mixed red & dark fruits, char and a little chocolate. Develops a nice chewiness that adds to the texture.
  • Robert Whitley, Creators Syndicate

    Oct 2019
    93 Points
    The Clare, as the Aussies call it, produces red wines of elegance, and that is evident in this delightful cab from the Taylor Family. Well balanced and smooth, it offers a distinct palate of red-fruit aromas with a touch of eucalyptus and spice on the finish.
  • Vic Harradine, Wine Current

    Jun 2021
    92 Points
    Lifted aromas of dark cherry/berry fruit abound adorned with savoury herbs, espresso roast and wisps of minty notes. A rich, luscious surge of black currant and cassis blankets the palate decorated with dark bittersweet chocolate and vanilla and wisps of savoury herbs. It’s medium-full bodied, balanced and bountiful with persistent purity of fruit from entry to finish and aftertaste. Pour now or over the next eight years with grilled rack of lamb that was rubbed in rosemary. The price-quality balance is well in your favour.
  • Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

    Oct 2019
    90 Points
    Fresh, berryish red, with appealing fruit sweetness and cassis, blackcurrant, mint, cigar box and spicy oak flavours. A crowd-pleasing cabernet sauvignon that offers good value at this price.
  • Ray Jordan, West Australian Newspaper

    Jul 2020
    90
    Effortless and stylish cabernet delivered with great value. Smooth palate of mulberry and blackcurrant with a seamless oak addition to work with the chalky fine tannins. Neat little wine this.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Jul 2021
    89 Points
    I’ve always said this wine might be my easiest blind tasting, dark chocolate, cassis, that typical Clare Valley menthol, rich dense black and blue fruit. It was matured for up to 12 months in French oak barrels prior to final blending and bottling. Medium+ in tannins, on the lower end of full-bodied. Smooth on the palate.
  • Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Nov 2019
    89 Points
    Clare Valley cabernet is almost a guilty pleasure. It shouldn’t be of course, given the pedigree. This is a decent example. It’s definitely good value. Curranty, sure-footed and well-flavoured. There’s a slight dip to the mid-palate but it recovers quickly and well. Perfumed and violetty. Minty. A raisined aspect but it works. No complaints here.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Feb 2020
    89 Points
    The 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon features lifted, floral and mint aromas over cassis. It's medium to full-bodied, bright and pure, with a silky, easy-drinking finish. Ten percent of the wine received an astounding 10 months of skin contact in tank, while the conventionally made other 90% went into barrel (10% new).
  • Yvonne Lorkin, Yvonne Lorkin

    Dec 2020
    4 Stars
    I’m a huge fan of the colour-coded temperature sensor on the back of the bottles... because in New Zealand we’re shockers for drinking our white wine too cold and our red wines too warm. Cabernet Sauvignon is at its floral, spicy best between 16 – 18 degrees Celsius – and the bottle tells you when it’s just the right shade of purple to drink. Classic bay leaf, After Dinner Mints and dark plum aromas lead the way to cherry and chocolate flavours, plump, velvety tannins and a decently lengthy finish. Great value for money and superb with sticky lamb shanks.
  • Regan Drew, Vino Notebook

    Dec 2019
    17/20
    The Estate range this year have seen a tweak to the label. Classy. Mulberry and tobacco with rose petal earthiness, cassis, Irish moss, Christmas pine and shiny aromas: easter egg chocolate. Maybe this is a holiday wine? Cassis heart and darkly spiced: Indian tea over choc ganache. Modern Cabernet with ropey tannins and an easy jubey finish.