Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.Download Full Winemaker Note
At release, the wine is a dark red colour with a faint brick red hue to the edge. The depth and intensity of the colour means it should hold for many years to come.
The wine has lifted and distinctly varietal aromas of cassis, mint and violets along with fresh, vibrant blackcurrant fruit and subtle cigar and tobacco from the oak.
The palate has a classic Cabernet structure with bright fruit up front, mint freshness through the mid palate and finishing with long, fine-grained tannins. These characters are matched with lashings of chocolate, cedar and cinnamon from the French oak maturation. It is a generous wine which is beautifully ripened yet retains poise and the elegance of great Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine is evolving well at release yet should cellar well to 2016 possibly longer.
|Residual Sugar:||0.54 g/L|
|St. Andrews||Cabernet Sauvignon||2006||Houston Livestock & Rodeo Wine Competition||2011||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Cabernet Sauvignon||2006||Pacific Rim International Wine Competition||2012||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Cabernet Sauvignon||2006||Clare Valley Regional Wine Show||2012||18||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Cabernet Sauvignon||2006||Critics Challenge Wine Compeition||2012||Critics Gold|
|St. Andrews||Cabernet Sauvignon||2006||Critics Challenge Wine Compeition||2011||Critics Gold|
Reviews for 0
Lisa Perrotti Brown, Robert ParkerÆs Wine Advocate, December 2010
Medium-deep garnet colored, offers a nose of earth, Chinese dried plums, kirsch, creme de cassis, licorice, espresso and cinnamon stick. Full bodied with a high level of fine knit tannins, it offers plenty of layered fruit with crisp acid. The long finish still shows a little oak. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2017+.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2010
2006 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a deep garnet color and slightly closed nose of warm black cherries, marmite, yeast, toast, nuts, warm plums, cloves, cigar boxes and the faintest whiff of bay leaf. With a great concentration of flavors balanced by crisp acid and firm fin-grained tannins, this full bodied Cabernet gives a long satisfying finish. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2020.
Rob Geddes, The Australian Wine Vintages 2012 Gold Book, July 2011
Top 100 Wines - Wakefield
Refined, ripe and elegant with good varietal character and structure, starting out blackcurrant and black cherry cabernet with a savoury streak and long on structure with good concentration of varietal flavours and oak. The 06 is a gem.
Australian Wine Annual, November 2011
A sumptuous, densely packed and slightly old-fashioned cellar style whose sightly meaty, gamey aromas of dark plums and berries are backed by smoky cedar/vanilla oak and minty nuances of menthol. Saturated with deeply ripened flavours of cassis, dark berries and plums, it's long, firm and drying, tightly knit with assertive new mocha oak and with and intence enough core of fruit to handle the long finish.
Graeme Phillips, Sunday Tasmanian, March 2012
Fruit of the vine
Intense aromas of black fruits, mocha and toasty oak on the nose followed by a full-bodied, concentrated palate carrying plenty of ripe, plummy fruit on top of more savoury clove-like spice, smoothly balanced and structured with grippy tannins providing an attractive firm, dryness to the finish.
The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012
A perennial favorite, Wakefield St. Andrews shows how good certain parts of Clare can be for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 displays a masterful blend of cedar, chocolate, mocha, cassis, baking spices and leather, all wrapped in an elegant coat of dusty but supple tannins. Drink 2015û2025.
Winestate, August 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends
A fully matured wine with very intense aromas. Lovely, long, elegant palate with depth and balance enjoy now.
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Melbourne, January 2013
Fashionistas obsess over light, ææsavouryÆÆ wines, but letÆs not forget rich local cabernets such as this Clare Valley drop. Blackcurrant jam, spice, vanilla and chocolate characters show attractive bottle development, and a smooth mid-palate is balanced by grainy tannins.