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Ben Potts Wines Lenny's Block Cabernet Sauvignon

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They only make wines in one way in the Langhorne Creek: Big. Big and rich and dense with huge minty flavours and massive tannins. Given such power and weight the wines typically need more ageing in both oak and bottle to look their best. These Ben Potts wines are built in a very classic mould too, with big choc mint flavours, firm tannins and the blackest colour you can imagine. If you like your wine to have quite heroic full proportions this is your wine. Will live for an age too.

Winemaker's Notes

Fruit for Lenny’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon has been sourced from older vines (50-60 years old) grown on traditional Langhorne Creek flood plain country (deep alluvial clay loam soils) in the family vineyards. The vines are on their own roots (origin of the clone is not really known) and are low yielding at 0.5-1.5 tonnes per acre.

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Ben Potts Wines Lenny's Block Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; made from 50-year-old vines; it is full-bodied and rich, with black fruits and thick, chewy tannins. The hope is that time will slim it down somewhat.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong colour; a very powerful and potent cabernet, with intense blackcurrant fruit driving through the length of the palate; will need many years to settle down and welcome visitors, and the cork does not exactly instil confidence that it will last the journey.
2027
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
Thick, soft and generous – you’d pick it as Langhorne Creek from a mile off. It’s curranty and earthn and minty and, while it’s essentially just a big well-balanced mouthful of fun, it does a good turn at elegance through the finish. Good fine tannin, noteworthy length. It can be consumed now or later.
2011 - 2017
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
If you meet someone from Langhorne Creek and you can't remember what they said their name was - try calling them 'Pottsy'. Just about everyone in the region seems to have the surname Potts. Thick, soft and generous - you'd pick it as Langhorne Creek from a mile off. It's curranty and earthen and minty and, while it's essentially just a big well-balanced mouthful of fun, it does a good turn at elegance through the finish. Good fine tannin, noteworthy length. It can be consumed now or later.
2011-2017
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A warm, rich and expressive bouquet of red and black fruit and mulled spices; the palate is hefty, warm and long, with the acid and tannin bringing the fruit into line on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Oaky/mocha style with good level of juicy blackcurrant fruit showing a minty edge. Some ÔslipperyÕ tannins. Lovely seamlessly integrated flavours linger long after the wine has gone.
Winestate 2009
WINESTATE (2004 Vintage) says
Mulberry aromas mingle with light oak characters. More light oak on the simple palate.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good red-purple colour; rich, velvety cabernet fruit flavours; nice tension between riper and more savoury elements; carries the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour; blackcurrant, cassis and plum; medium-bodied; smooth, supple texture; ripe tannins, very good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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