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2012 Virgin Hills Macedon Ranges Cabernet Blend

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Virgin Hills is one of Australia's most collectable, treasured and iconic wineries. Located high in the Macedon Ranges on a famously frost-prone site, their Bordelaise style blend is a collector's wine of great pedigree and reputation. A truly cult winery, they are held in high esteem by critics world wide - and have been nigh on impossible to buy for the past ten years. Luckily we have friends in high places...

Their signature blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Merlot, the 2012 Virgin Hills Macedon Ranges Cabernet Blend is the latest pre-release offering from the Virgin Hills stable. Stylish, powerful and lithe, the medium-bodied palate is awash with red raspberry, blackberry, and green pea. Finishing long and supply, it has a rich, deep earthiness, drive and herbal lift. Elegant, smooth and perfectly balanced, it is now exhibiting hints of secondary development, but is still very youthful and will continue evolving for decades to come.

Winemaker's Notes

This nose begins with bright peas from the Cabernet and red fruits (raspberries) from the Merlot. A dandelion note permeates through. The palate eases into complexity of beans, dandelion, blackberries and bright cedar. As a five year old wine, the components are in good harmony, but still quite youthful. The cedar oak is integrated well, and is the first to begin some secondary ageing characters with the earthy notes from the Cabernet and Shiraz in this blend. Earthy herbal notes intermingle with lean darker fruits; a tight wine at the moment. The structure is very smooth and stylish. This wine will age very beautifully and very slowly.

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