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2010 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Western Australian cab sav needs no introduction, and this one from Forest Hill is from a single block of the best grapes on the estate. Dense smells of dark berries and cherries, choc-mint and toasted cedar waft out of the glass, along with hints of crushed leaves. The palate is medium-bodied and graceful, with juicy blackcurrant, chocolate and subtle mint flavours, a generous lick of oak, some fine but grippy tannins, and a taut, bright lingering finish that will see this push on in the cellar for another 5 to 7 years.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep crimson.

Nose: Lifted leathery aromas with black current under tones.

Palate: Elegant and structured wine with fine grainy tannins. Long full palate well supported with complex aromas of dark fruits and lingering savoury notes.

Food: Confit of Duck leg with chestnut crust, Forest mushroom risotto, Manjimup Truffle oil.

Cellaring: 10+ years

Alcohol: 13.5%

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2010 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This is a mighty fine wine sourced from some of the oldest vines in the region. Lovely tobacco leaf and minerally cabernet black currant on the nose. The palate is silky fine and long with a sappy astringency providing balance to the intense fleshy fruit. The tannins are silky fine with the oak expertly woven into the mix. Excellent wine.
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An elegant cabernet, with blackcurrant and mulberry fruits girdled by savoury/cedary tannins; some Bordeaux characteristics; will flourish over the decades ahead.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
Winemaker Clémence Haselgrove has added a touch of elegance to the Forest Hill wines. This classy, single-site cabernet has softened considerably in the past 12 months. It has dense, opulent, blackcurrant flavours, velvety texture, balanced with fine powdery tannins.
The Sunday Times Magazine, 2010 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
Not overdone or excessively heavy but sure-footed, balanced and satisfying to the final drop. Top notch wine. Characterised by its lovely pencilly oak, blackcurrant-like fruit flavour, and modest touches of sweet mint and herbs. Light earth and cherry flavours too. Lots of ripe, assertive tannin and abundant flavour. A beauty.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 2010
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Another classic from the much-regaled 2007 vintage that shows a lot of cedar and ripe blackcurrant fruit: gentle herbs and leafy complexity too. The palate has assertive, fine-grained tannins and a composed, elegant shape: it's nicely balanced and has terrific length. Will cellar brilliantly.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Mattinson mentioned that this wine could charm the pants off you. Walsh responded (via email), 'Oops, I'm nude!' There ended the stupidity - though fair to say the wine is very, very good. Not overdone or excessively heavy but sure-footed, balanced and satisfying to the final drop. Top notch wine. Characterised by its lovely pencilly oak, blackcurrant-like fruit flavour, and modest touches of sweet mint and herbs. Light earth and cherry flavours too. Lots of ripe, assertive tannin and abundant flavour. A beauty.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine-grained tannins underpin a classically restrained medium-bodied wine, helping its considerable length. Fine, pure blackcurrant fruit, with quality oak in the background.
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James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clear, deep purple-red; medium-bodied, with classic cedary/earthy/blackcurrant varietal fruit; fine-grained tannins, good length and likewise oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94

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