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(2023) Sourced predominantly from the Corryton Park vineyard, a Cabernet that opens with herbaceous, olive and eucalypt notes, a hint of stalkiness to the savoury black fruit. On the palate the sweetness and plump, juicy ripeness of the black fruit does come through, as well as creamy and chocolaty tannins and pert acidity. But the balance with those greener aspects is not quite there in the end. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for a previous vintage.
(2016) Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache, 100% Blewitt Springs fruit from McLaren Vale, whole bunch pressed and matured in 10% new and 90% neutral French puncheons. This has real funkiness and earthiness, a slightly reductive barnyard character. The palate juicy and brimming with red fruits, a black plum fleshy and chocolaty density to this but then the fresh crunch comes through.
(2016) A very typical, traditional and extremely well done example of a big, American oak-aged South Australian Shiraz, crammed with spice, tobacco and dusty blue/black fruit, a great mulberry warmth and open-armed style. On the palate it delivers much the same, the rich, thick, dark fruits layered with the chariness and spice of the barrels, but it does not lack definition: the tannins are grippy, the acidity feels natural and fresh, and the berry fruit and spice finish goes on with considerable length.
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