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2012 Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec

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    $155.94 (6 x 750ml)

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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.

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    Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) 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.
    Drink by 2030
    94
    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.
    By 2025
    Wine Companion
    94
    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, April
    94
    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.
    To 2028
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
    94
    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).
    2022
    Wine Companion Dec/Jan
    94
    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.
    2011-2016
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
    93
    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 2008
    93
    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 2009
    93
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Medium- to full-bodied, with intense black fruits sustained by ripe tannins and balanced oak.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    93
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    Strong, ripe, focused blackcurrant fruit; excellent length and structure; iron fist, velvet glove style.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93
    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 2005
    94
    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 2004
    93
    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 background
    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    93

    winemaker's notes

    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%

    Alc/vol: 14.5%

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