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2014 Tatachilla McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chunky! That's the message here, with shedloads of blackberry fruit, powerful tannins and some rather serious impact.The real attraction lies on the rich and full mid palate, which makes this one generous and plain delicious red.

Winemaker's Notes

A lush palate of cherry, blackberry and mulberry glides across the palate culminating with hints of cassis and exotic spice. Fleshy and racy with firm coating tannins.

Alc/Vol: 14%

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2014 Tatachilla McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a medium- to full-bodied wine reflecting both the vintage and the synergy between the region and the variety with its exuberant blackcurrant fruit and good tannins. Why the back label suggests a cellaring future of (only) six years I have no idea.
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Medium- to full red-purple; a medium-bodied wine with sweet blackcurrant and dark chocolate flavours set in moderate alcohol; easy to drink, possibly courtesy of some high-tech winemaking.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A light, jammy, rather simple and green-edged cabernet with under and over-ripe influences. It's rather forward but then hollow, finishing soft and sappy.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strongly regional, with a pleasing ripeness to the black fruits and a touch of chocolate making the wine easy to enjoy right from the word go.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A minty, juicy young cabernet whose slightly baked flavours of blackberries, plums, cassis and raspberries are entwined with sweet chocolate/vanilla oak and supported by grainy, crunchy tannins. It's ripe and flavoursome, but does dry out a little towards the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
You could do a lot worse than this little lovely. It's a wine for drinking rather than for impressing - our kind of wine. It tastes dusty and curranty and a little of dried herbs, but there's enough fruit sweetness to give the yum dial a workout. You have to be a true-blue cabernet drinker, though - it's a cabernet to its back teeth.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied; rich and ripe, but not the least jammy or alcoholic; simply has the usual ladle of dark chocolate, then ripe tannins and balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant and generously flavoured cabernet with a floral, cassis-like aroma backed by blackberries, plums, dark olives and cedar/vanilla oak. Overlying dusty herbal nuances, its fine, supple palate of juicy, dark plum and berry fruit is neatly married with smooth cedary oak. There's a suggestion of under and over-ripeness, and the wine just lacks the follow-through for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Ever-so-typical regional overlay of chocolate to blackcurrant fruit; a slightly sharp finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A modest, uncomplicated cabernet whose lightly herbal aromas of berries and plums are backed by restrained cedar/vanilla oak. It's moderately intense, juicy and long, with dark berry/plum fruit and sweet vanilla oak framed by simple tannins. Acceptable, flawless but straight forward.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Blackcurrant, blackberry, olive and earth in a medium- to full-bodied palate; good structure and balance; lots to build on.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Pristine and flavoursome, with a fragrance of ripe blackcurrant, dark plums, well-integrated vanilla oak and nuances of violets and mint. Its slightly meaty palate is smooth and supple, with juicy blackberry, cassis and dark plum flavours backed by dark olives and chocolate/vanilla oak, all framed by a moderate grip of tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Minty, spicy aromas of cassis, plum and sweet chocolate/mocha/vanilla oak, with a brightly flavoured palate of ripe fruit, assertive oak and firm, well-integrated tannins. Sweet, fruity and oaky— a certain crowd-pleaser.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
An opulently rich bundle of blackcurrant and chocolate; soft tannins, good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean bouquet ranges through berry, olive and dark chocolate, and has a controlled touch of oak; the palate has good depth and mouthfeel, the flavours tracking the bouquet; good length, nice wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; solid, ripe blackcurrant fruit and some regional chocolate aromas introduce a rich, full-bodied wine with lots of depth to the fruit and to the ripe tannins; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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