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2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you don’t want to venture to the Block 5 Cab sav, this is an awesome alternative, especially if you compare the price. It punches above it's weight, and shows lots of cassis, raspberries, mocha and a touch of mint on the nose. The palate is more fuller-bodied, with some fleshy red and dark berry flavours, a lick of toasty oak, some fine, solid tannins, and a long berry finish. A decant is recommended before serving with some kangaroo meatballs and spaghetti.

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of dark berries and ripe plum with touches of dry tobacco leaf provide promise of a long, concentrated palate where the robust Bordeaux oak and fruit combine to add earthy, savoury and subtle spicy characters. Slightly chewy, dusty tannins are well integrated into a medium bodied seamless structure with mid palate richness enhanced by other flavours like blackberry to lift the overall taste sensation. Cellaring of this wine will reward patience.

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2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon

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Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
The Forest Hill Vineyard was established at Mount Barker in 1965. This is dry grown Cabernet. The pitch is just right. It’s effortless but stern. It tastes of violets, blackcurrant, peppercorn and dried tobacco, with darts of liquorice and milk chocolate. Tannin is a fine web across the back half of the wine. It’s medium weight but perfectly formed.
2016 - 2032
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; a fragrant and poised bouquet offering redcurrant, blackcurrant, fine oak aromas and cedar; the palate is medium-to full-bodied and lively, with compact tannins, taut acidity and a sinewy structure that will need time to flesh out, but flesh out it will.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep garnet; a dark and brooding bouquet offering cedar, black fruits and fine French oak; the palate shows great intensity, while remaining light on its feet, with tannins that are very fine and polished; a sleeper waiting to awaken.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong healthy colour; classic cool-climate cabernet, elegant and intense, yet fully ripe, with cassis and blackcurrant fruit in a fine web of ripe tannins, oak perfectly integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A fine and fragrant wine, its elegance and crafted proportions underwriting its extreme length; cedar, cigar box, blackcurrant, cassis and a touch of black olive all coalesce.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Supple, elegant and finely structured, with a lively, fresh core of small black and red berries carefully matched with cedary, chocolate/vanilla oak and backed by a tobaccoey presence of dried herbs. Supported by a fine spine of dusty tannin, it finishes with a lingering expression of cassis, mulberries and cedary oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A ripe yet compsoed Great Southern cabernet that delivers the trademark Western Australian leaf and herb streak with poise and conviction, wrapping it in ripe cassis, black cherry and olive. The palate's marked out with fine strong tannins, nicely even and balanced, and drives long and sturdy through the finish. Oak adds cedary complexity.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A nigh-on perfect evocation of medium-bodied cabernet, the aroma and flavours wonderfully pure, with pinpointed accuracy to the cassic and blackcurrant fruit, the tannins exact, the oak likewise.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2010
97
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Potent, concentrated, still very youthful; black fruits with tight structure and tannins; leave it alone for 3 years plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This is a serious statement in cabernet. At time of tasting still some months away from release, it was tight and firm, as young cabernet should be. Yet, there is a strong and intensely concentrated cabernet fruit and a solid body of tannin and oak. Potential here and a super price
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to fall red-purple; the blackberry, earth and cassis fruit of the bouquet has some leafy lift, the same assemblage coming through on the mid-palate, but then a particularly pleasing finish with slippery tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
88

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