2012 Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec
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- Chances are if you’ve ever travelled to the historic Clare Valley then you would have heard of winemaker Tim Adams. He’s one of our favourite boutique winemakers and has a knack with every grape style. This Cabernet sees the addition of Malbec to lend complexity. Cabernet does well in the Clare Valley and has produced excellent examples over the years. It’s lively with blackcurrant and spice as well as notes of violets. 24 months in oak has lent developed characters to this full-bodied style that would go well with lamb dishes. 100
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent, consistent variety that performs well in the Clare Valley. The addition of Malbec adds to the complexity of the mid-palate contributing violet, mulberry, added texture and richness, resulting in a full-bodied wine with generous chalky tannins. Twenty four months in French oak provides depth and balance to this style which is dominated by juicy ripe plum, fresh blackcurrant and oak aromas and flavours. Feel content cellaring this Cabernet Malbec for at least ten years in good conditions. We recommend decanting a few hours before enjoying. The wine has not been cold stabilised, so a harmless crust may form with time. The bottle is sealed with screw cap to maintain optimal freshness.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 70% Malbec 30%
Wine Companion says:“
Excellent release. Not particularly deep but aflame with personality, regionality and life. It's dusty, curranty, shows elements of gun smoke and gum leaf, and swings decisively through the finish. Don't hesitate.
Best Drinking: Drink by 203094
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
A blend of 65% estate-grown cabernet and 35% malbec grown by neighbour Richard Hughes. This isn't Wendouree, but it's a very good example of the synergy of cabernet and malbec in the Clare Valley, the juicy plum fruit of the malbec contentedly nestling in the arms of the cabernet. Still full of life, and won't tire for many years.
Best Drinking: By 2025Wine Companion94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:“
Encapsulating monumental poise and power, Tim Adams showcases crunchy blackcurrants and black cherries, leaf and mixed spice with seamless, mouth-filling, bullet-proof intensity and energetic, confident tannins. Patience.Wine 100 Reviews, April94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
The colour is still solid, and this celebrated regional blend (thanks to Wendouree and Leasingham) is living up to its reputation here, with its blackcurrant and plum fruit, ripe tannins and integrated oak.
Best Drinking: To 202894
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Has held onto its youthful colour; an 80/20% blend that spent 24 months in French oak puncheons; it shows no sign of the toughness of the vintage, instead offering an array of black fruit flavours unique to Clare Valley cabernet malbec (Wendouree and Leasingham are other examples).
Best Drinking: 2022Wine Companion Dec/Jan94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:“
An honest, regional cabernet blend with depth and structure. Its dusty, leathery and faintly lanolin-like bouquet of cassis, dark plums and animal hide is lifted by a light floral scent. Long and fine-grained, with a moderately intense presence of dark berries, plums, redcurrants and restrained cedar/vanilla oak, it's underpinned by fine, chalky tannins and finishes with genuine persistence of flavour.
Best Drinking: 2015-2019+The Australian Wine Annual 201390
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Finely honed and balanced, this rustic and rather natural cabernet blend reveals a sweet, violet-like scent of restrained black and red berries and cedary oak backed by nuances of dried herbs and suggestions of baked earth. It's long and fine-grained, with a youthfully sweet presence of vibrant cassis, blackberries and plums and fresh chocolate/cedary oak framed by dusty, bony tannins and finishing with lively, fresh acids.The Australian Wine Annual90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says:“
Cabernet malbec blends are part of the grand tradition of the Clare Valley - it's great to see Tim Adams labelling a wine this way. Fabulous. The glory of Clare Valley cabernet, in a glass. Lots of earthy tannin, lots of curranty-leathery fruit flavour, modest but apparent vanillin oak, and an earthen-toasty finish. It has complexity, regionality, balance, structure and charm.
Best Drinking: 2011-2016The Big Red Wine Book 2010/1193
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2011 201091
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
Meaty and evolving, this browning and briary young cabernet presents a rather cooked and raisined expression of cabernet fruit backed by sweet vanilla/cedar oak and framed by a fragile spine of innocuous tannin. There's enough length of fruit for short-term drinking, but it's unlikely to cellar well.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says:“
Blends of cabernet and malbec are classic in the Clare Valley; it's the wine style I most look forward to drinking from the region. 2005 RELEASE Yep, no-brainer, son of a gun, jump on board. Got it? Right. It's ripe, full, mouth-filling, a lake of blackcurrant and leathery earth. Dead-set perfect Clare Valley cabernet. DRINK 2008-2014.The Big Red Wine Book 200893
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says:“
Last year's Big Red Wine Book included a sneak preview of this wine, and it's still widely available. We're running the review again (after re-tasting) because the wine is well worth grabbing - it's in full voice now. Yep, no brainer, jump on board. Got it? Right. It's ripe, full, mouth-filling, a lake of blackcurrant and leathery earth. Perfect regional cabernet.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 200993
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Medium- to full-bodied, with intense black fruits sustained by ripe tannins and balanced oak.Australian Wine Companion 2008 200793
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:“
Finely astringent and drying, this moderately rich but uncomplicated cabernet presents sweet flavours of blackberries, dark plums and vanilla oak with slightly vegetal undertones of dried herbs. It has a supple, fine-grained presence and should develop quite well.Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says:“
Blends of cabernet and malbec are classic in the Clare Valley; it's the wine style I most look forward to drinking from the region. 2004 RELEASE It's all about balance and - no small thing - natural, effortless complexity. It tastes of bright, pure cassis, dust, earth, mint and coffee grounds, all of it juicy, all of it fresh and more-ish. It has a decent tannin structure, but you hardly notice it. This is a fantastic cabernet blend. DRINK 2008-2018.The Big Red Wine Book 200892
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Light- to medium-bodied; cassis, mulberry and blackberry, the softening influence of malbec quite obvious. Easy style. Cabernet Sauvignon (86%)/Malbec/Merlot Screwcap.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:“
Fresh, lightly herbal and violet-like aromas of blackcurrant and cedar/vanilla oak are lightly dusted with nuances of dried herbs and mint. Smooth and supple, its fresh palate of cassis, blackberry and plum like fruit is coated with fine, powdery tannins. It offers length of fruit and brightness, elegance and tightness.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Strong, ripe, focused blackcurrant fruit; excellent length and structure; iron fist, velvet glove style.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200593
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:“
An intensely flavoured and definitively regional. Clare cabernet whose pristine aromas of pure, vibrant black and red berries are backed by cedar/vanilla oak and minty undertones of menthol and eucalypt. Supported by firm, pliant tannins and fine-grained vanilla oak, its long and silky palate bursts with succulent berry/plum fruit. Very elegant and well balanced.Australian Wine Annual 2006 200594
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; the complex bouquet is driven by earthy, blackberry fruit and nicely balanced and integrated French oak. The palate is in the mainstream of Tim Adams style, with blackberry, savoury and olive flavours in a powerful frame, girdled by strong but balanced tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:“
Finely focused cabernet whose delicate, earthy and violet-like perfume of blackberries, cassis and plums overlies nuances of cedar/chocolate oak. Long and smooth, with briary small berry flavours, suggestions of forest floor and dusty, nutty vanilla oak framed by tight, firm tannins. Pleasing balance and integration.Australian Wine Annual 2005 200493
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; a ripe bouquet with complex blackberry and cassis aromas together with a hint of chocolate, and less assertive oak than is usual. The palate has plenty of berry/cassis fruit on entry, then firm/earthy tannins on the finish to provide structure.Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; powerful, ripe blackberry/cassis/earth/chocolate aromas run into an equally rich, ripe and concentrated palate, literally flooded with sweet, juicy cassis/berry fruit; tannins and oak are there in the backgroundAustralian Wine Companion 2001 200193