FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
96 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
96 POINTS | Andrew Caillard
What a star. The 2018 vintage was absolute magic for the Gimblett Gravels growing region and the quality of Squawking Magpie's cab sauv fruit was so high they decided to produce this premium release. It was given every attention in the winery and the result is a cabernet with opulent fruit characters and delicate tannins. This one is here for the long haul and will blossom with a few years in the cellar.
Michael Cooper writes “This classy, French oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) is dark, mouthfilling and supple, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours and nutty, savoury notes adding complexity. One for the cellar”
Andrew Caillard writes “Medium deep crimson. Very attractive ripe dark cherry cassis mocha roasted chestnut aromas. Generously and chocolaty with voluminous dark cherry blackcurrant fruits, fine gravelly/velvety tannins, integrated mocha vanilla oak complexity and persistent mineral acidity. Finishes grippy firm with plentiful dark fruits. Very good”
Cameron Douglas writes “The bouquet is compact, tense, varietal and very enticing with aromas of blackberry and cigar tobacco, olive and black cherry, sweet vanilla and wood smoke, crushed roses and violets. The core is the fruits, the foundation the gravelly earthy woody combinations. On the palate – equally compact and youthful, tense and taut. Flavours of dark berries then lead, gun-powder, toasty barrel spices and its natural sweetness, stony earth and non fruits reflecting the nose. Firm tannins and plenty of acidity, power, length and appeal. Decant for service. best drinking from 2024 through 2034+”