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Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Blend

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Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Blend

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Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
This wine shows savoury marmite aromas of cabernet derived from carefully blending the bordeaux five. The palate is sweet ripe black currant with fine grained tannins and quite olive savoury and dusty on the finish. The elegance and refinement is surprising, making it good value for the price.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A robust, evenly ripened, longer-term red of balance and charm. A restrained perfume of small red and black berries, cedar/vanilla oak is dusted by a note of dried herbs and lifted by a scent of violets. Backed by nuances of dried herbs and freshly turned earth, its firm, assertive but cultivated palate of ripe black and red berries, fresh oak and slightly blocky tannins will take some time to settle.
The Australian Wine Annual
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Excellent cabernet dominant red from the Great Southern. Comes from some very old vines from this pioneering vineyard in the Great Southern. Has a little malbec and merlot added. Has been matured in about half new French oak and the rest used. It's a silky smooth and effortlessly long on the palate wine displaying beautiful perfumes on the nose. Classic wine of real class.
WA Wine Guide 2013
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This wine takes the name of a eucalyptus tree that was mowed down to make way for the vines that produce this savoury, brooding WA blend. Quite a dark tarry and earthy nose here with a smoky side too. The 30 months in new French oak has done the trick - tannins are soft through the middle before hooking around the back of the palate, quite drying and rich.
Now to 2012
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
A blend of predominantly Cabernet with malbec, Cabernet franc and Merlot. This follows a very good 2004 but takes it up a notch. Immensely powerful but with great style typical of good years in the Frankland River area. Seductive perfumed notes and a deep multi-layered palate. A beauty.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Aristocratic finesse and style; a mix of spice, cedar, cigar box and black fruits in a perfectly balanced, medium-bodied palate; very long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Presently rather disjointed, but likely to find more balance with time in the bottle, this firm and astringent dry red cloaks its deep flavours of dark plums, redcurrants, mulberries and blackberries around sweet new chocolate and vanilla oak and a sinewy spine of dusty tannins. There's a hint of cedar beneath its smoky, oaky bouquet, while it finishes with a persistent hint of dark olives.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; classically framed and built medium-bodied wine; blackcurrant and olive; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Firm and well structured, with an earthy, cedary bouquet of slightly cooked cassis, dark plum and mulberry aromas. There are underlying nuances of chocolate and crushed bullant. Its powerful, long and fine-grained palate harmoniously delivers intense and well-ripened dark berry and plum fruit tightly knit with cedary oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Fine, fragrant blackcurrant and a hint of raspberry; beautifully balanced and poised; finesse and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; pristine blackcurrant and blackberry fruit on the bouquet is followed by a powerful, concentrated palate, densely packed with flavour, the tannins fine, the oak subservient to the fruit; long-lived but elegant. The best Blackbutt for years.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is fragrant, but relatively light, with cassis and cedar; the palate is elegant, but has more weight than the bouquet suggests; once again, cassis and cedar flavours are neatly held together with fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the bouquet is rich, complex and concentrated, with luscious dark berry and dark chocolate fruit, followed by an equally rich and luscious palate, charged with blackberry, currant and chocolate fruit. Positive but balanced cedary oak adds lustre to a superb wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Still holding red-purple; it has supple yet rich and sweet blackberry, chocolate, cedar and vanilla aromas on the bouquet, leading on to a palate with quite superb fruit, which swallows up the oak and finishes with lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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