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2012 Philip Shaw No 5 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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RRP $64.99 per bottle

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$353.94 (6 x 750ml)

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cracka review

Here's a wine that needs to spend a few years in the cellar! It's the kind of wine that at first taste, you may not think it's all that, but give it PLENTY of air and you'll start to think a little differently. Aromas of plums, blackcurrants and tobacco ascend up the nose, whilt the palate is fuller-bodied with some vibrant cassis and dark fruit flavours, licks of cedar, a solid line of tight tannins, and a sauntering length. It's built to last, and demands roast red meat for company.

expert reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Quite a Bordeaux like cabernet with cedar, cassis and savoury marmite edge. Good extract and concentration makes this a nice style with good length of cedary fruit and well balanced oak. In 2013 the finish is long, firm and dry, and will take time. More tender than either Margaret River or Coonawarra with a very varietal expression that the other can't do.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Clear purple-red; a fragrant red fruit bouquet with cassis and a touch of cherry leads into a stylish medium-bodied palate, the positive fruit supported by balanced and integrated oak and polished tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Orange has fresh elegance in this style. Very high quality oak, lovely blackcurrant franc and cabernet fruit; fruit has plenty of structure and flavour; needs time to be balanced. Has an overall chunky aroma with savoury tapenade, tobacco and earthy herb scents in 2009 with chocolaty oak in the back ground looking like St Estephe in Bordeuax. The palates elegant, light medium palate and has a long line of very fine tannin with savoury black berry and charcoal cabernet fruit with vanilla oak and fine natural acidity cleansing the finish. Needs time and understanding, because you have know cool climate cabernet to appreciate this.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Cabernet grown at 900m should not be so consistent, so ripe or so pristine. Philip Shaw achieves this glorious result from the heavens thanks to a very low cropped, gently north-facing slope. Precise blackcurrant fruit, varietal capsicum and coffee, rippling with super fine, mouth filling tannins, bright acidity and integrated, dark choc oak.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clear full-red-purple; a well-made medium-bodied cabernet, with a mix of savoury and cassis/blackcurrant fruit, the tannins ripe and fine, the oak well integrated; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Orange has fresh elegance in this style. Very high quality oak, lovely blackcurrant franc and cabernet fruit; fruit has plenty of structure and flavour; needs time to be balanced. Has an overall chunky aroma with savoury tapenade, tobacco and earthy herb scents in 2009 with chocolaty oak in the back ground looking like St Estephe in Bordeuax. The palates elegant, light medium palate and has a long line of very fine tannin with savoury black berry and charcoal cabernet fruit with vanilla oak and fine natural acidity cleansing the finish. Needs time and understanding, because you have know cool climate cabernet to appreciate this.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Very high quality oak, lovely blackcurrant franc and cabernet fruit; fruit has plenty of structure and flavour; needs more time to be balanced.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Skilled winemaking brings out the best qualities of the fruit, which has classic varietal character framed by fine tannins and harmonious cedary oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94

winemaker's notes

No. 5 is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Merlot . This high quality wine highlights the impressive relationship between these varieties and the Orange region. Our Cab Sauv displays intense bright reds with a small purple hue. The aroma shows bright varietal black berry fruit characters with subtle cigar box oak. The intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon’s fruit dominates at this stage and provides ongoing flavours. Providing the wine is well cellared, it will further develop, intensify and gain complexity over an extremely long period - up to 50 years.