It's only 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 26% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. A different wine to the (relatively) throaty 2015, but not a lesser one. Such perfume. Such finesse. It's a flat out joy to smell, and to taste. Violets, cedar, red and black fruits, tobacco, pencils, marzipan and aniseed. Just into medium-bodied, well-etched and sure-footed, much like the kitten, who's tongue the tannin sports. Delightful flavour of small red (mainly) and black berries, deft and precise, with a finish that's long and crisp, which leaves no doubt about the quality of this wine. Line and length. Fragrance and poise. Subtle, yet thoroughly persuasive. Gentle rasp of tannin cleans the mouth. It's a rare bird, this Cabernet. Tasted: Sep 18; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $155; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2019 - 2038+; Rated: 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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