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Angove Vineyard Select Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you were going to make a Cabernet from any region, where would it be? Well, it could be Margaret River, but the other obvious choice would be Coonawarra and that’s where Angove have chosen to promote their Vineyard select wines. Nicely regional and medium bodied with blackcurrant, mint and spice before a palate of intense black fruits, cedar and nicely rounded tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

Deep blue black this is a robust wine. Blackcurrant, mint and cedar on the nose reinforced on the palate with pencil box flavours and eucalyptus. This medium bodied aromatic wine shows the typical Coonawarra full flavoured finish.


2012 was a steady ripening year with good winter/spring rains, setting up excellent vine canopies. A mild, dry summer followed without any prolonged periods of extreme heat, allowing the fruit to develop fresh, bright and intense characters. The steady ripening period made harvest a breeze with the winemakers able to harvest each parcel at optimal ripeness.

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Angove Vineyard Select Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep garnet, bright; the bouquet is pure cassis, overlaid with a hint of eucalypt; the palate is young and very firm, with tannins playing a pivotal role to the fresh fruit on offer; unresolved at this early stage, time will see a vast improvement as the tannins soften.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Genuinely regional, this uncomplicated, elegant and medium-weight cabernet has a fresh, sweetly fruited bouquet of violets, cassis, raspberries and fresh cedar/ vanilla oak backed by a hint of mulberry. It's gentle and supple, but brightly lit, smooth and measured, with a vibrant expression of berry/plum fruit and light cedary oak supported by a moderately firm but fine and pliant extract. It finishes with length and freshness.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
89
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Jammy and rather baked aromas of currants, plums and berries are backed by restrained cedary oak and minty nuances of dried herbs. Its moderately deep palate of berry/plum flavour becomes quite raisined towards its slightly short and dehydrated finish.
The Australian Wine Annual
86
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Has minty and blackberry pulp and pip fruit and distinct oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Not quite sure how Angove do it, but they keep producing the goods. There's nothing pretentious or even overly ambitious about this wine - it's just excellent medium-bodied drinking. It's hard not to like it. It rolls easily across your tongue, offering dusty mulberry, blackcurrant and bay-leaf flavours as it travels. Pop a lamb roast in the oven, and crack open a bottle of this.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Dark aromas of plums, berries cedar/mocha/dark chocolate oak reveal undertones of currants, mint, menthol and dusty herbal tones. It's black-fruited, ripe and juicy with searingly intense cabernet flavour, cedar/vanilla oak and herbal notes supported by assertive, firmish drying tannins and finishing slightly raw-edged, with minty, marzipan notes.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
87
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Has minty and blackberry pulp and pip fruit and distinct oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
85
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Early in the research for this book it became clear that Angove was in the running for the Red Winery of the Year award. Its consistency across the board is stunning. It has some unusual flavours, but they are unusual in a good way. It's intriguing. It tastes of toast and blackcurrant, chocolate and eucalypt. There are notes, too, of sawdust and hay - but it's the combination of these elements that makes it seem different. The fact that it's smooth and that it all tastes good, though, is the thing; this is a sure-fire winner.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very correct varietal expression due to blackcurrant, and touches of sweet earth; excellent texture and mouthfeel; great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A generous, flavoursome, lightly herbal and minty cabernet whose lively flavours of cassis, plums and dark chocolate are supported by sweet cedar/vanilla oak. Itreveals earthy, slightly green-edged undertones beneath its floral, dark-fruited aromas and its approachable, moderately weighted palate, finishing just a shade metallic.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
87
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Has minty and blackberry pulp and pip fruit and distinct oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
83
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A clear expression of cabernet fruit on the medium-bodied blackcurrant and cassis palate; soft tannins and muted oak; easy finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Fine, supple and stylish, this juicy young cabernet marries dark cherry, plum and blackberry flavours with sweet cedar/vanilla/mocha oak, and lightly herbal undertones. Framed by a dusty, finegrained extract, it's just slightly cooked and currant-like, but finishes with length and texture.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Has minty and blackberry pulp and pip fruit and distinct oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
84
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied, with blackcurrant, mulberry and mocha; persistent tannins should soften.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; significantly better than most of the prior vintages of this wine; more concentration and focus to the medium-bodied blackcurrant fruit and gentle tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Herb, spice and mint aromas; medium-bodied; blackcurrant plus the characters of the bouquet; gentle, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
84

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