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Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Item no. 80261
"The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon may be one of the best buys in Cabernet Sauvignon in the marketplace. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in both French and American oak, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as classic creme de cassis, toasty oak, and licorice characteristics. This dense, opulently textured, pure, rich, flavorful red reveals sweet tannin in addition to a long, velvety-textured finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years."
The Cabernet Sauvignon on our vineyard produces small berries with a high skin to juice ratio. The result is a wine that is intense and structured yet is rich and has the ripe flavor for which McLaren Vale is renowned. The fruit was picked late in the season when ripe and, after fermentation, matured for 18 months in American and French oak of varying ages.
The color is a deep dark vibrant crimson. The bouquet has lifted ripe berry fruit and blackcurrant with some vanillin and cedary oak characters as well as classic cassis Cabernet aromas. The palate has plenty of berry fruit, vanillin oak and fine tannins. An intense and structured wine with rich fruit and a long finish.