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2013 Plantagenet Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon

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The nobility of Cabernet is reassuring in the world of wine. While Shiraz wants to be friendly and accessible to all, Cabernet is a bit more choosy and discerning. He does not care if you don’t want to be his friend as he’s got lots of admirers who warm to his aristocratic structure. Plantagenet have produced another stunner from Mount Barker with aromas of blackberries and the slightest trace of vanilla as well as earthy, savoury tones. Full bodied and layered, with flavour and fine tannins, it’s drinking well now but has a great future ahead of it.

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2013 Plantagenet Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
True blue cabernet style, savoury dried herbs immediately asserting their place alongside the cassis fruit, cabernet tannins doing exactly what is expected of them as they simultaneously dry off and lengthen the finish.
Drink by 2028
94
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
No one’s going to feel short-changed by this release. It swings with flavour. Not overdone and not anti-varietal flavour, but it sure has a force to it. It’s twittery with it. Like a colt without regrets. Boysenberry, blackcurrant, mulberry and smoky cigars. Dust. Rust. Crust of the earth. A cool slide of mint. Fresh cedary oak. It all works as one; it all pulls in the same direction. As one. It’s perfumed and pretty now but has plenty up its velvety sleeve for the future.
2015 - 2028+
94
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with a purple rim. The bouquet is clean and ripe, with attractive blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a lick of vanilla and subtle leafy overtones. The wine is full-bodied and firmly tannic in the mouth. The grippiness suggests it needs more time. Very good though.
2017 - 2035
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The healthy crimson-purple colour heralds an elegant, medium-bodied cabernet with a mix of cassis, mint, redcurrant and spice on its bouquet and medium-bodied palate; here the juicy fruit flavours are given complexity by quality French oak and fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Finely crafted but lacking genuine ripeness, with a bright minty, bouquet of delicate small black and red berry aromas lifted by fragrant, fine-grained French oak and backed by hints of smoked bacon and menthol. It's supple and elegant, with a smooth, silky feel and an even presence of restrained small berry fruits and fresh oak but finishes marginally short and green-edged.
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
The Plantagenet cabernets have reached a great level of consistency and quality over the years especially recently. Clearly those old vines play a key role. Silky smooth and effortlessly long. This is a classy expression of this variety showing the regional richness and seamless elegance you get from this area. This is a wine that I would drink now even though it’s still young.
WA Wine Guide 2013
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright and clear red-purple; a perfectly weighted wine with classic cool-grown varietal character; blackcurrant and nuances of olive, briar and earth; the finish is long and firm, as befits the variety.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
It ain't called Great Southern for nothing, particularly when it can conjure Cabernet of such complexity. Roast tomato, capsicum, sour morello cherries, crunchy redcurrants and soft, finely-textured tannins.
WBM Wine 100
93
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Superb follow-up to the mightily good 2007. This delivers with a different structure that is leaner and tighter. The fine firm tannin and fine grained oak partnership embraces and controls the fruit to produce a stylish elegance. Sweet supple fruit in the middle palate finishes with a touch of closing astringency.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
96
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Elegant and stylish, likely to age gracefully. Fresh, floral, lightly herbal and minty aromas of cassis, raspberries, dark cherries and fresh cedar/vanilla oak reveal undertones of menthol and a hint of tomato stalk. It's smooth and fine-grained, with a gentle spine of supple tannins supporting a pleasingly long palate of vibrant small berry fruit and finely balanced oak.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The cabernet from this part of the world can really deliver impressively, and these mature vines have performed well in 2008. Dark berries and some toasted oak spices on show here: cassis and mulberry, and some riper, currant-like aromas too. The palate's superbly shaped and carries handy depth. Acid and tannin structure is designed for the long haul, and there's handy fleshy dark-fruit flavour, capped off with a toasty oak-tinged finish.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Pristine, very ripe and slightly meaty, it's scented with intense aromas of violets, cassis, dark plums, sweet vanilla/cedary oak and undertones of dried herbs. Firm, fine-grained, vibrant and juicy, with intense confiture-like dark berry flavours tightly knit with toasty oak, it's long, balanced and quite savoury, finishing with a lingering hint of meatiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-purple; classic Great Southern cabernet; while it has fully ripe and lush blackcurrant fruit, there is also a savoury/spicy cool-climate twist to the finish; has good length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Very stylish wines with a strong heart of intense fruit and grippy tannin that softens over five years and can hold on in the cellar.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Winemaker John Durham knows a thing or two about making classy cabernet. This is a cracker; chock full of Great Southern flesh and opulence but with real stricture and inner core strength to support extended cellaring. It's still quite firm and restrained but with further ageing will emerge as one f the best. A beauty.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
John Durham is the much-admired former winemaker at Gape Mentelle in Margaret River. He's moved to Plantagenet, and these releases from the 2007 vintage are the first under his guidance. Long and lovely but very young - this is one for the cellar. Loaded with juicy black fruits and cherry earthiness, violet perfume and fragrant vanilla oak. All of it has been perfectly judged. There might be a little mintiness here too, but by and large it's a lush and mouthfilling wine with fine, mouth-coating tannins. Super.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Very stylish wines with a strong heart of intense fruit and grippy tannin that softens over 5 years and can hold on in the cellar.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light but bright hue; pure and fragrant cabernet varietal aromas lead logically into a long, fruit-driven palate with a silky texture and admirable balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; gently sweet blackcurrant fruit woven through cedary oak. A distinctly user-friendly style.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant, smooth and stylish, this delicate and lightly herbal cabernet reveals a floral perfume and a silky, fine-grained palate whose lively flavours of raspberries and cassis are supported by cedar/vanilla oak. Just a little too herbaceous and lacking in length of fruit for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Very stylish wines with a strong heart of intense fruit and grippy tannin that softens over five years and can hold on in the cellar.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good hue; clearly articulated varietal fruit in a cassis/blackcurrant spectrum; medium-bodied, with good tannin and oak management.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A cooler year cabernet whose slightly leafy and cedary aromas of red and black berries overlie meaty nuances of blue cheese and leather. Its moderate length of plum and berry flavour is supported by quite a firm grip of slightly sappy tannin and sweet underlying oak. Finishing with a hint of capsicum, but not too green.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Very stylish wines with a strong heart of intense fruit and grippy tannin that softens over five years and can hold on in the cellar.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; nice structure and attractive savoury components.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Attractively restrained and vibrant, this elegant and supple cabernet has a wild, briary and earthy perfume of violets, ripe red berries and redcur-rants backed by cedar/vanilla oak and suggestions of undergrowth. Its vibrant berry cassis and mulberry flavours reveal underlying suggestions of tobacco and cedar, culminating in a fine-grained finish of lingering fruit and dried herb influences
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A firm, structured cabernet with some over-cooked and under-ripe influences. Pleasing scents of small berries and suggestions of undergrowth lie beneath earthy, leathery and slightly grassy aromas and cedary oak. Smooth and creamy, the velvet-like palate presents pleasing fruit, forest floor and herbaceous elements, framed by fine, but drying tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Powerful blackberry and earth aromas, the palate much finer and more elegant; impressive length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This has got to be the bargain buy premium cabernet of the year. Rich juicy black currant cabernet on the nose with a minty dusty oak mix. The palate is sumptuous and delicious flavoured, but with a solid chunk core of classic cabernet running through. More fruit than the Olympian '99, and probably easy drinking now. I suspect it has more to give however
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a fragrant, savoury bouquet with red berry, earth and olive aromas is followed by a palate with excellent black and redcurrant fruit made more complex by the savoury characters of the bouquet. Lots of good things happening here.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red with some purple hues remaining. The moderately intense bouquet is clean, with earthy berry cabernet fruit and subtle oak. Some slightly green edges to the fruit appear on the palate, which finishes with firm tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
86
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is fairly light and relatively earthy, with not overmuch berry or cassis fruit. The palate lacks flesh, although the soft tannin balance for the light, red berry fruit is on the mark.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; there is quite pronounced vanillin oak on the bouquet, with soft chocolatey/earthy fruit to follow. However, on the palate, sweet cassis and currant fruit is more evident than the bouquet suggests, finishing with delicate tannins and cedary oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
89

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