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Bird in Hand Cabernet Sauvignon

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From and excellent year in the Adelaide Hills comes this fuller-bodied style of cab sav that will kick on for a few years in the cellar. Blackcurrants, raspberries, sweet plums and hits of toasty oak jump out of the glass, whilst the palate is full and generously oaked with plum and mint flavours, licks of smokiness and star anise, a bit of grip to the fine tannins, and a long, taut finish. Give this a year or two in the cellar to settle further, or give it a good decant tonight and serve with beef.

Winemaker's Notes

Deep crimson in colour, exhibiting rich & varietal aromas of blackcurrant, aniseed, violets and subtle spice. The palate mirrors these varietal aromas adding herbaceous flavours with silky tannins providing its excellent structure.

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Bird in Hand Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
More depth to the colour than most of its peers; the palate is equally impressive, with fully ripe, although not over the top, blackcurrant/cassis fruit and finc, ripc tannins. An exceptional outcome for the vintage. One wonders whether 10-15% '12 wine may have (perfectly legally) been blended in.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear, full crimson; the bouquet accurately suggests a generous, well-ripened palate with blackberry, cassis and cedary oak all contributing equally, backed up by fine, ripe tannins and quality oak. A pleasure to drink now, or for many years to come.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This wine comes from the Mount Lofty Ranges. It's a big, dry red that has us scratching our heads a little - are we overrating or underrating it? Heavy-going, but mainly because it's shrill with youth; this needs a couple of years to soften and settle. It's just so dark and dense - you could hide in this wine. It tastes of minty dark chocolate, nuts, brambly fruit and cassis, its oak input tasting of freshly sawn wood. It's full-bodied and then some, with bitter chocolate flavours and some dried herb reaching through a finely tannic finish.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has intensely focused and precise varietal expression; blackcurrant at the core, supported by positive savoury tannins and correct oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A powerful wine; tightly woven, savoury black fruit, with anise, quality oak and suitably imposing tannins finishing the picture
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; there are very savoury, briary edges to the blackcurrant fruit of the bouquet; the palate is richer, with lush blackcurrant fruit and a touch of bitter chocolate; ripe tannins are also a feature. An impressive wine given its origins.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
91

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