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2014 Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cracka Review

We're calling it - this might be the best Best's Cabernet yet. Early days, sure, but gee-whizz this 2014 Best's Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripper.

You can probably blame the new-ish Bests winemaker, Justin Purser. Justin is not only young but he's clever. Certainly clever enough to realise that Great Western Cabernet needs a light touch, or else it becomes overly hard and mean. Nothing mean about this new '14 though!

Campbell Mattinson gave this superb Victorian Cabernet 95 points which seems about right for such a ripper release - and after tasting the wine just recently, we can't help but agree.

Winemaker's Notes

The colour is a dense inky garnet with deep red hue. A bouquet of briary fruits dominates, with hints of tobacco, potpourri and redcurrants. The palate is made up of concentrated dark fruits are kept lively with balancing acidity and powdery tannins. It fades gracefully to a long medium bodied finish.

This youthful wine is great a expression of the variety in Great Western. It is possible to enjoy this wine now with food, but it will soften and gain complexity over the next 5- 20 years. The perfect accompaniment to a slow cooked lamb shoulder. A relatively cool season apart from a midsummer heat wave. Good vineyard management ensured the grapes ripened fully and had lots of complex flavours and balanced acidity.

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2014 Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon

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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Still a pup, but all the signs are excellent. Arms of minted blackcurrant; chubby legs of tannin; vanillin oak covering the belly. It's still growing into itself but the fruit feels so pure you'd almost label it sincere; it hasn't learned its tricks yet, but when it does, it will fascinate.
Now til 2035
James Suckling (2014 Vintage) says
Beautifully struck, mid-weight elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. It has ripe mulberry and cassis with some redder cherry fruits and nicely wagered oak. The palate's beautifully balanced. Bright and full of youthful appeal. A modern take on Cabernet from a very accomplished 150-year-old winery.
Drink by 2022
Jeremy Oliver (2014 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, polished and elegant; bright berry/plum flavour, pliant tannins.
2026 - 2034
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
This is all about showing how elegance and intensity can be woven together to create the perfect medium-bodied palate. Blackcurrant, a waft of leaf, a glimmer of eucalypt and cedary oak/tannin nuances all join hands to support each other on the long, fresh palate. Don't be deceived: this will stand proud for 30+ years thanks to its immaculate balance.
Drink by 2045
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Deep bright red/purple colour, with a fresh, clean and similarly bright primary fruit aroma of raspberry and banana esters. The palate is intense and bright again, fruit-driven and medium-bodied, with slightly edgy tannins and a mild touch of Cabernet astringency. Very fresh, primary Cabernet. It's ageing slowly and will be better in a few years.
2019 - 2035
Jeremy Oliver (2015 Vintage) says
Smooth and polished, this stylish and finely balanced Cabernet has a minty bouquet of violets, cassis, mulberries and fresh, faintly smoky cedar/vanilla oak backed by a whiff of dried herbs. It’s vibrant and juicy, with a bright core of cassis and plum flavour knit with chocolatey oak and supported by a crunchy spine of dusty tannins.
2023 - 2027

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