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2014 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cracka Rating

RRP $35.00 per bottle

Our Price $31.99

Case Price

$383.88 (12 x 750ml)

cracka review

Majella, driven by the sharp and jovial Brian 'Prof' Lynn, is surely one of the best performing modern Coonawarra winemakers, with a story that is quite familiar in Australian winemaking circles. It's a story of a dedicated family grape growing business whom realised that more opportunity lay in cherry picking the best grapes for their own wine label, whilst continuing to sell the grapes on to other winemakers.

Flash forward to the present and Majella & we end up with a wine like this - a full bodied Cabernet in the classic Coonwarra mould, rich with fruit intensity but without the heady heaviness that so many Coonawarra reds show, even served with some welcome varietal herbaceousness to boot. Lovely stuff.

expert reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Expressive varietal aromas and personality with classic berries and herbs, including black currant, mulberry, coriander and dill. The palate is very soft and full on the front, a flood of supple tannins and flavour, then an oak tannin drying finish. Very impressive young wine for mid- term aging.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Mike Bennie (2011 Vintage) says
WBM Review, July 2014
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a profound, full-bodied cabernet awash with cassis/blackcurrant, mulberry and Coonawarra earth, the tannins ripe and the oak in a support role. From a top-quality vineyard that has revelled in the vintage to produce a very long lived cabernet.
2040
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
96
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This is a powerful and alluring Majella, a vintage of considerable fruit intensity and well-defined structure. It’s a very dark wine, even by Majella standards, with a deep, impenetrable purple hue and a vibrant rim. The bouquet displays wonderful definition and concentration of crunchy, tiny blackcurrants and cassis, accented with bay leaf and tobacco. Impressive fruit power of crunchy blackcurrants and juicy blackberries is the hallmark of the palate, pulling into a well-toned finish of considerable persistence, impressive, firm, finely textured tannins and well-gauged acidity.
2018-2026
Wine Taste Edition 99
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A restrained, modern high acid style with brightness and freshness. It's evenly ripened, with a bright, violet-like fragrance of cassis, cedar/vanilla oak, graphite and dried herbs. Long, lean and elegant, with juicy presence of sour-edged fruit underpinned by fine, pliant tannins, its tightly knit with oak and finishes with emphatic freshness and focus.
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Consistently lush and fresh style with regional mint black currant fruit aromas. The juicy middle palate has a nice core of sweet red fruit and firm tannins and a layered finish that needs time to evolve.
2022
Rob Geddes MW
91
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
For a decade, Majella has remained my benchmark for $30 Australian cabernet and countless wines have missed the cut in the presence of this comparison. 2009 is a textbook, definitive Coonawarra cabernet of concentration, structural poise and fine-tuned definition.
2018 - 2022
Wine Taste - Edition 22
95
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
As always, an immensely dark-coloured cabernet from Majella. This has deep, brooding appeal, with masses of ripe cassis and dark-cherry fruit, mint and leafy cabernet aromas, vanillin oak and sweet mocha. The palate's assertive, punchy and elegant, with a wealth of bright, sweet oak flavour threading through ripe cherry and cassis fruits, with a surge of riper tannin: cola to close.
2014
The Good Wine Guide
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; the fragrant bouquet tells you of the super-elegant wine that is to follow, with vibrant blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit set within fine, silky tannins and quality oak.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Andrew Graham (2008 Vintage) says
Historically I've been quite a fan of Majella reds and this is no exception. Nice to see some herbaceous varietal character here, intermingled with that trademark Majella oak/fruit richness that wins friends everywhere. Really long too. Loved it.
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; while the alcohol is evident, has such abundant juicy cassis and blackcurrant fruit it overcomes that burden, and the flavours are not dead; for the long haul, perhaps.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Consistently lush and fresh style with regional mint black currant fruit aromas. The juicy middle palate has a nice core of sweet red fruit and firm tannins and a layered finish that needs time to evolve.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Purple-red; a fragrant mix of cedar, cassis and earth on the bouquet is replayed on the long, medium- to full-bodied palate, which is pure Coonawarra in every respect; fine tannins, long and harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Excellent example of the modern, sterner, drier more Bordeaux-like and less lush style. Nice core of sweet red fruit, firm tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright deep colour; classic medium-bodied cabernet; at once juicy yet firm, with tannins guiding the long finish; earth yet to appear, but it will.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
We haven't tasted the 2007 vintage release yet, but there's likely to be very little of it - the region was hit hard by frost. Grab some of this while you can. Lovely wine. And, while Majella is usually quite liberal with its use of oak, this release seems tighter and more controlled than usual, its rich flavours of blackcurrant, aniseed, cherry and chocolate swimming beautifully as one. As Walsh aptly noted: 'Classic Coonawarra, but distinctly Majellan.'
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Seductive and sumptuous cassis and blackcurrant fruit with ripe, silky tannins giving great mouthfeel; French oak is exactly where it should be.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
How good are these wines? For those readers having a slow day, that was rhetorical: Majella and Balnaves are the Coonawarra's absolute superstars at the moment. Prof Lynn rules the roost at Majella and he must be one of the most widely liked blokes in an industry with many good people. So it is really nice that we can rave about the wines, and not duck and dodge because we like him but not his stuff. We like both. Stunning wine.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Powerful, closed and brooding, with heady and deeply layered aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries, dark plums and polished cedar/vanilla oak over dusty nuances of dried herbs. Coated by creamy, fine-grained tannins, its vibrant and concentrated expression of dark cherries, dark plums and cassis is long and youthful, firm and refined.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
93
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The Lynn family has been growing grapes in Coonawarra for four decades, and have done so under their own name since 1994. Along with Balnaves, they are the most reliable producer on the Coonawarra strip. 2005 RELEASE Strong vintage. It's given the wine a forceful sense of purity and generosity, traits to die for in a Coonawarra cabernet. The flavours themselves are of blackcurrant, cedar, toast and chocolate, a touch of Coonawarra mint lifting the aromas from the glass. As always, there's a deal of oak here, but it's folding into the wine even in its youth. Impeccable and impressive, DRINK 2012-2019.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent example of the modern, sterner, drier more Bordeaux-like and less lush style. Nice core of sweet red fruit, firm tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Strong, robust. One for the longish haul.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A delicious wine, with an abundance of blackcurrant and cassis fruit, supple mouthfeel and tannins; plenty of depth.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Delicate violet-like aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and cedary oak precede a long, fine and elegant palate. Its intense and expressive blackberry and dark plum flavours are tightly knit with sweet cedar/vanilla oak and framed by fine and firmish tannins. It finishes with an attractive dustiness and lingering nuances of dark fruit and dried herbs.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Excellent example of the modern, sterner, drier more Bordeaux-like and less lush style. Nice core of sweet red fruit, firm tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Tangy, curranty, vanillin.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; a fine, long, supple palate driven by fresh, cassis-accented fruit; fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Generous, curranty, vanillin.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright cassis, redcurrant and blackcurrant mix; firm acidity and balanced spicy vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, ripe, sweet.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean, perfectly articulated cassis and blackcurrant fruit; long palate with pure fruit, the oak merely in support, as are tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Concentrated, oak-rich, generous.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; rich, ripe and luscious cassis/blackcurrant aromas lead into a palate offering a mix of power and restraint: blackberry and blackcurrant fruit on the mid-palate, followed by a tight, finely structured finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2000 Vintage) says
Ripe, generous, sweet.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1999 Vintage) says
Elegant, well powered. Lovely drink.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple, bright and alluring. The bouquet is rich and dense, flooded with sweet cassis and mulberry fruit, not to mention oak. The palate offers all of the above, with heaps of concentration and extract. Built in heroic mode
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1998 Vintage) says
Great structure, lovely depth of fruit.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1996 Vintage) says
Excellent Coonawarra cabernet. Blackcurrants galore.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92

winemaker's notes

What more can we say about the Majella Cabernet?

Universally regarded as one of Coonawarra's greatest wines, it continues to win trophies and medals throughout Australia and the world.

Dark magenta purple with a bright ruby hue in colour, with a very complex nose with hints of blackberries, ripe cherries and dark choc mint.

This complexity carries over to the palate - rich, juicy and ribena-like, with plums and fruitcake characters showing through.

As ever the finish is long and lingering with wonderful 'soft grain' tannins.

Drink now or wait 10 - 15 years.