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2008 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

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From the excellent 2008 vintage and "the oldest cool climate vineyard in Western Australia (dating back to 1965)" (Oz Wine Review) comes this superstar release of Block 5. An utterly elegant iteration of Margaret River's most famous style, this ten year old is two years into it's six year drinking window, and whilst it certainly has room for more years in the bottle, it is drinking spectacularly now.

Red and black fruits are met with tobacco and lavender, its frame sleek and elegant, fresh and tangy all at once. Andrew Graham describes it as "both rich and translucent, savoury and almost regal in its lightness", Gary Walsh praises its "high toned structure and cheekbones". I don't think I have to spell it our for you - this is serious Cabernet from a serious producer.

Winemaker's Notes

Opaque black dark crimson red colour with dark crimson red hue. The nose displays lifted scents of blackcurrant, dark mulberry, dusty cedar, some cigar box tobacco like characters and spice. Medium to full bodied the palate is elegantly built with flavours of mulberry, blackcurrant and cedar dominate followed by some tobacco cigar box like characters and spice. Very fine grained well integrated tannins. Long aftertaste of dark mulberry, cedar, tobacco and spice.

Cellaring: 4-5 years (2016-2017).

Alcohol: 13.5%

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2008 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Andrew Graham says
The oldest cool climate vineyard in Western Australia (dating back to 1965), Forest Hill’s Mt Barker plot is one seriously fine piece of dirt. What always surprises me is how little attention this vineyard gets considering just how good the wines are. This particular Cabernet is from a vintage that produced uneven results (both under and overripeness) in Mt Barker, even though good wines were made from it. This however has a succulence that had me drinking it unconsciously (not until I was unconscious. Wine writers drink responsibly you see. Most of the time). It’s darkly coloured but not necessarily darkly flavoured this, with a lovely minty and willowy – if slightly reticent – nose that is rather composed and spice driven. The palate is both rich and translucent, savoury and almost regal in its lightness, that minty nose not translating into minty palate (which is a win. Some richness through the middle but otherwise quite mid weight. Finely tannic palate looks more like St old school St Emilion than Great Southern. Ultimately that lovely minty, raised acid freshness had me coming back this – it never feels forced or green, but again has a vibrancy through the finish too hook you in. All it needs is a bit more tannic drive and this would be a superstar. I liked it regardless.
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Gary Walsh says
Gum and lavender perfume, seaweed, red and black currant, cedar and pencils. Medium bodied, firm acid, ripe grape skin tannin though not a great deal of them. Has a slight green apple character to the acidity – high toned structure and cheekbones. Classic style with some Bordeaux overtones, perhaps. Long. 93+ or 94 points Drink from 2018-2028. May 2012.
Wine Companion says
A fine-boned and savoury mixture of cedar, dark fruits, lavender and ironstone; the palate is medium-bodied, lively and made in an elegant framework.

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