St. Andrews

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.

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Previous Vintages 2009, 2010, 2012
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a deep, dark garnet colour with a subtle purple hue to the edge.
Nose The wine has an enticing, lifted bouquet of violets, blackcurrants, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. The overall aroma is one of understated richness and elegance.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a frost event in mid-October which impacted several blocks on our estate vineyards. There were very few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw a 30mm down pour which was most definitely a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields would have been very low. Harvest conditions were excellent and the winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent acid balance and flavour development displayed in the resultant wines.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 6.72
Residual Sugar: 0.5
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2016
  • International Wine Guide Awards
  • Great Gold
  • 2016
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Gold
  • , WineLinesOnline

    Jan 2015
    94/100
    Opaque crimson color. Minty eucalyptus aromas and a dark flower perfume lead to ample black currant fruit. A nice thread of minerality is discernible in the nose and on the palate. Wood aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate have been seamlessly interwoven into this elegant Clare Valley claret. Those of us old enough and fortunate enough to have experienced the 1970s bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa wineries such as Yverden and Heitz Martha’s will find this red conjuring up the same palate memories. This is one of the best renditions of Cabernet Sauvignon I have had from the South Australia wine regions.
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Jan 2016
    93/100
    I've followed this wine since the 2006 vintage, and it's always a fine performer. The expected powerful mint character is here in youth, and a recent taste of the 2006 suggests that some time will mellow the mint and bring the rich berry and currant profile center stage. All the supple tannin and acidic structure for aging is here in this wine, and it's a perfect illustration of the "sense of place" idea that you hear us wine geeks talk about.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2017
    92/100 Cellar Selection
    Grilled-toast notes swirl around the bouquet of this cassis-scented wine. Leafy elements add complexity without being green, while a lifted cherry element brings vibrancy to the mix. This firm, structured wine features a long, mouthwatering finish that bodes well for cellaring. Try it after 2020.
  • Angus Hughson, Wine Genius

    Jan 2016
    92/100
    Bright opaque ruby. An attractive and multilayered South Australian red with iron, earth and blackberry fruit with ample fruit and toasty oak. Dry, and concentrated in the mouth with dense fruit and slightly hard tannins and baked fruits it finishes with good length and is a style that will build further complexity in bottle.
  • Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

    Jan 2016
    92/100
    Deep red/purple colour and an intense black fruit and eucalyptus 'forest floor' aromas. There's a hint of tomato bush and a lick of mint as well as cabernet berries. The palate is rich and intense, with a backing of emery-like tannins, which are emphatic yet smooth.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel

    Jan 2016
    92/100
    Spicy and minty with floral notes and smooth texture; fleshy and ripe with blackcurrant and plum; lush and long.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous

    Jan 2016
    91/100
    Bright purple. Deeply pitched aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-cola and licorice, with smoke and vanilla accents building in the glass. Deeply concentrated yet energetic on the palate, offering juicy, nicely delineated black and blue fruit flavors. Finishes sweet and very long, with a hint of candied licorice and fine-grained, slowly building tannins.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2016
    5 stars
    Wonderful single vineyard Cabernet. It is full bodied, very vibrant and complex in flavor, supple in texture, crisp and very long on the palate, with a moderately tannic, persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of cassis, cherry, eucalyptus, blackberry, black pepper, cedar, and spicy oak. Needs aging. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels.
  • Yvonne Lorkin, Various New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) publications

    Jan 2018
    You could, based on the number of gold medals on its grill, deduce this wine is more than a tad flash, and you’d be correct. However, I just have to tell you how incredibly seductive and alluring it is. Espresso, cocoa and ripe plum and boysenberry flavours burst from the glass, cuddled with cedar, smoke and silky spices. It is generously proportioned, elegant and delicious, I just adore it!
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes

    Jan 2016
    What a wonderful treat! Distinct notes of cassis and licorice that dance across the palate. Full-bodied, and superb.