JH 93 points, WA 92 points (2010)
2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
Dark garnet red.
Highly perfumed, beguiling nose of blackberry bramble, tar, and fresh minty herbals with more delicate floral potpourri notes and powerful yet quality savoury, spicy, vanillin French oak.
Serious, deep flavours of plum, blackcurrant, and liquorice, with a juicy, full-bodied, silken structure that builds to a fine, grainy finish. The real signature here is the firmer, more structural tannin that provide a framework for a wine that will age for a long time and continue to evolve in its complexity.
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.