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Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Rich expressive flavours of cassis, mulberry and a hint of eucalypt. French oak maturation adds touches of dark chocolate, cedar and spice.

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Region Clare Valley
Colour At release the wine is a deep red with a vibrant purple hue.
Nose The wine has an aroma of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of eucalypt. French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate.
Palate This is a wine of great intensity. It has distinctive blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours. Subtle oak characters of cedar cigar box and spice are also evident. The tannins are fine and elegant – a hallmark of the varietal. The palate is well balanced, complex and fulfilling and lingers on the finish.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14
Acid: 6.74
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2017
  • El Concurso International Vinus
  • Double Gold
  • 2018
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Gilbert & Gaillard International -Guides Des Vin
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • World Wine Championships Awards BTI
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Frankfurt International Wine Trophy
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Clare Valley Wine Show
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Selections Mondial Des Vins CANADA
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Berliner Wine Trophy
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Challenge International du Vin
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • awc Vienna International Wine Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Wine Luxe International Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Shanghai International Wine Challenge
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Indy International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Harvest Challenge
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Jerry D Mead's New World International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival International Judging
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Commended
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jul 2018
    90 Points / 89 Points
    This has bright and fresh violet-like floras, hints of mint, leafy notes and a core of cassis and blueberries. The palate delivers on the promise of freshness. Think blueberries and dark plums amid silky, even tannins. Drink now. (90 Points) - Nick Stock A ripe nose of blackberry essence, plum liqueur and some stewed blackcurrants. Medium to full body, some round and ripe tannins and a slightly syrupy finish. Drink now. Screw cap (89 Points)
  • Steve Creber, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Aug 2018
    90 Points
    Fermented in stainless steel Potter tanks, then pressed to oak to complete mlf, and subsequently matured for 12 months in a range of new and older French barrels. Very clear varietal expression on show, with blackcurrant, cedar and mint prominent. Full and supple on the palate with some sweetness of fruit, it finishes strongly with lingering flavours and ripe tannin.
  • Robert Whitley, Wine Reviews Online

    May 2019
    90 Points
    Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, this is one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons you are likely to find... Showing a nose of violets and spice, on the palate the wine delivers a complex mix of blueberry, cherry and boysenberry with hints of oak vanillin. Balanced, with supple tannins, it’s ready to drink now.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Apr 2019
    89 Points
    Initially a little reductive, this takes some swirling but eventually opens in glass, revealing raspberry, coffee, olive brine, and oak spice characters. The palate is more giving than the nose. It’s full-bodied but not overly heavy, with savory tannins, tangy red fruit and a streak of black olive.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    May 2019
    84 Points
    Tangy berry and orange zest flavors are appealing and direct, set on a juicy frame, with touches of spice and tobacco. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Dec 2017
    5 stars
    The 2016 Cabernet is a splendid value; a rich, supple wine with excellent depth of fruit (black currant, cassis, blackberry, black licorice), a hint of oak, and a very long finish.
  • , Winestate

    Apr 2018
    4 Stars
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Nov 2018
    15.5 Points
    Rubbery, smoky note on the nose with cassis and cordial fruit and very finely polished tannins. Modern, plush, well made and with the generous fruit of South Australia, but none of the eucalypt that people might expect.
  • Jamie Goode, Sunday Express

    Jun 2019
    Here's a delicious Cabernet from Australia's Clare Valley. It has a bit of minty freshness alongside sleek, pure blackcurrant fruit with a lush smoothness. Sophisticated stuff.
  • Pete Stewart, The National

    Jul 2019
    The... Cab highlights the versatility of the region with the concentration of the South Australian fruit, balanced in the glass by an elegance derived from the cooler Clare Valley. Have this one with a thick steak.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

    Jun 2018
    2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is Jaraman’s henchman, and in spite of its cheeky price tag, this wine also sees top quality, older French oak hogsheads and this brings coffee bean and leaf notes to add complexity to the deeply fruited cassis core. These are further examples of the magical winemaking happenings at the Taylor family.