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Capercaillie The Clan

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Capercaillie The Clan

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Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A unusual wine that needs a little time. Scented with sweet meaty, earthy aromas of small dark berries, plums and restrained cedar/mocha oak backed by herbal, minty nuances, it's a little awkward and out of balance, delivering a unique combination of flavours and textures dominated by the intense, almost confectionery presence of petit verdot. Quite fine and polished, underpinned by tight, drying tannins, it does finish with a hint of spirity warmth.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Delicious wine that has been woven into a seamless whole despite diverse components (four varieties from three Regions); an overriding red fruit flavour to a complex and supple wine. Cabernet Sauvignon/PetitVerdot/ Merlot/Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Blending across Australia builds complexity and oak finishes the job.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
84
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (Hilltops)/Petit Verdot (McLaren Vale)/Merlot (Mudgee); while still coming together, the components are well-balanced and the outcome will assuredly be a harmonious medium-bodied wine. Points as of today, not the future.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Blending across Australia builds complexity and oak finishes the job.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An elegant, savoury wine with the cabernet family flavours coming through strongly; red fruits with a degree of underlying austerity. Cabernet Sauvignon (50%, Hilltops)/PetitVerdot (30%, McLaren Vale)/Merlot (20%, Mudgee).
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Firm and savoury, this is a medium-term red of some interest and strength. Its complex, meaty bouquet of blackcurrants, plums, dark cherries and restrained cedar/vanilla oak has an appealing floral lift. Its finegrained, astringent palate frames dark, plummy fruit around chalky tannins, finishing with suggestions of mint and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Blending across Australia builds complexity and oak finishes the job.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Vivid colour; a perfumed array of black and red fruits; the palate opens with fresh fruit, and just when you think there are no tannins, they appear in balance; 40% Cabernet Sauvignon (SA)/40% Petit Verdot (McLaren Vale)/20% Merlot (Orange).
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deep, dark and intense, this interesting but rather closed and brooding wine has the structure and balance to develop in the bottle. Its penetrative aromas of dark berries, plums and currants are dusted with pepper and backed by mocha/vanilla oak. Firmish but pliant tannins frame slightly jammy palate-staining flavours of cassis dark plums, dark cherries and blackberries, finishing with brightness of flavour and acid balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A certain Bordeaux-like austerity and flavour; cedary, earthy, spicy blackberry mix; particularly good tannins, finish and aftertaste. Multi-region, multi-varietal blend.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is as complex as the blend suggests (80 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 per cent Merlot and 10 per cent Petit Verdot, 60 per cent of the total coming from Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley, and 40 per cent from Orange), with a mix of blackberry, spice and blackcurrant aromas; on the palate, abundant dark berry fruit has some mint and savoury borders; the structure is not quite there.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; quite fragrant, sweet red berry and spice aromas, then a light to medium-bodied palate with sweet, small red berry fruit flavours and gentle oak. A touch of confection, perhaps, but this in no way spoils the palate. A blend of Langhorne Creek and Barossa Valley (90 per cent) and Orange (ten per cent) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86
James Halliday says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
93

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