98 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
97 POINTS 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
96 POINTS | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
It’s rare to see 100% Cabernet Sauvignons in New Zealand, particularly of this high quality. The wine is rich and concentrated in the mouth yet retains the elegance, structure and restraint so characteristic of great Cabernet Sauvignon. Pure black fruit flavours, savoury oak, fine-grained tannins and succulent acidity combine to produce an exquisitely balanced, seamless, textural palate with an exceptionally long finish. An astonishing wine of power and poise that will reward cellaring for up to 15 years.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "This is a fantastic wine from strat to finish. A deep core of opaque purple hues and pink rim, colour staining of the tears lead to a bouquet of richness, ripeness, complexity and power. Flavours of blackberries and dark cherry, sweet tobacco and boysenberry. Tannins are ripe, firm and abundant, acidity is also ripe providing contrast to the core fruits mid-palate and with the tannins a solid foundation. The combination of fruit and tructure showcase a wine that will age for another 10-15 years, is very complex and lengthy. Great drinking today and through 2035+."
The winery writes "A youthful, dark purple/magenta colour paves way to intense aromas of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, complemented by a beautiful floral perfume and hints of fresh cedar, dried herbs and toast. The wine is rich and concentrated in the mouth yet retains the elegance, structure and restraint characteristic of great Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe black fruit flavours, savoury oak, fine-grained tannins and succulent acidity combine to produce an authoritative, vibrant and textural palate with an exceptionally long finish. A quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon of power and poise that will reward cellaring for up to 15 years."