93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Smith and Sheth's CRU range represents the very top tier of their wines and every attention is given to the growing, harvesting and production of these wines. Cantera is a unique blend of cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and cabernet franc from the iconic gimblett gravels sub-region. The three varietals meld together beautifully to give a savoury wine with power and structure that is nicely balanced by the juciness that tempranillo brings to the equation. Sensational wine that will do well after a few years in the cellar. Decant if drinking now.
Bob Campbell writes "A blend of cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and cabernet franc. Dense, vibrant wine with raspberry, black berry, plum, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A youthful wine with a firm structure of fine tannins. Good cellaring potential."
The winery writes "A deep, intense ruby red colour with complex dark red fruits predominant on the nose. A beautiful meld of spicy berry aromas with liquorice, sweet oak and vanilla in the background. The three varieties in this wine complement each other in both aroma and palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers power and structure, the Tempranillo, juiciness and flesh with the Cabernet Franc adding aromatic lift and freshness."
Cameron Douglas writes "This blend of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc with Tempranillo is delicious blend offering aromas of roasted black fruits and toasty oak with smoky edges, roasted Brazil nut oak with clove and dark baking spice layers. The ripeness of fruit along with earthy dry stone qualities adds depth and allure. On the palate - tense, youthful, dry and nicely complex. Tannins and acidity offer backbone and a sturdy structure for the fruit to move throughout with ease. Youthful needing decanting for service with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+."