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D'Arenberg the Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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D'Arenberg the Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An elegant, textured and finely structured long-term wine with genuine depth of evenly ripened fruit. Its dusty, herbal and cedary fragrance of cassis, raspberries and violets knits tightly with cedar/vanilla oak, revealing undertones of dark olives. Focused around a firm spine of drying tannins, its tightly drilled and elegant palate unfolds a pleasing length of small black and red berry fruits, finishing with fresh acids and a faintly mineral, briny note.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep colour; an almost exotic concoction of ripe red and black fruits, licorice and thyme; the massive sweet spot of fruit delivers a rich and generous mouthful of flavour, with the assertive nature of the variety providing presence and contrast; an ample wine speaking of its origins in no uncertain terms.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very well measured and structured, this longer-term and very regional wine has a lightly herbal and minty bouquet of dark plums, cassis and blackberries knit with cedar/chocolatey oak and backed by a hint of dark olives. It's long, smooth and fine-grained, with deep, dark flavours of blackberries, cassis, and dark plums underpinned by notes of dried herbs, mineral and olives. It finishes with pleasing length, freshness, lingering dark fruits and an intangible hint of charm.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
d'Arenberg's finest release of the past year captures all the power and impenetrable depth of the estate, a mouth-embracing tannin onslaught, signature McLaren Vale savoury allure, yet maintaining unashamed cabernet definition, crunchy acidity and enduring energy.
WINE100 2012
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Firm, structured, deeply flavoured and balanced, this vibrant, floral and sweetly fruited cabernet has a long future. It's long, surprisingly elegant and deeply layered, with intense presence of red berries, cranberries, cassis and dark plums tightly knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak and supported by a bony, astringent cut of powdery tannin. It leaves a lingering impression of dark fruit, finishing quite savoury with earthy, meaty undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
High-priced, flagship cabernet from McLaren Vale _ a combination of words you don't often see. More often than not, though, D'Arenberg delivers outstanding wine under this label. Big bones of tannin, lots of muscular fruit with flavours of tar, dusty dried herbs, and a long, juicy finish. It's not the best Coppermine Road cabernet we've tried, but it's a very good one. Really chewy through the finish; give it a couple of years, and our rating could easily rise a point or two.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A brooding, dark-scented cabernet from the deeply structured '06 vintage, this has striking presence and 'don't mess with me' attitude. Some roasting herbs and game meats, dark berries and boot polish - the oak's been soaked up with ease by this rich, hearty fruit.The palate paints a thick stripe of sinewy tannin straight down the middle, placing ripe, juicy plum and ultra-dark berry flavour in its wake, building resonant tannin width through the finish, holding firm and flavoursome.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Full-bodied, rich, gutsy wine overflowing with blackcurrant fruit, cassis and tannins; good oak sustains the long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
It's not the world's most elegant cabernet, but it's truly delicious! It opens slowly to reveal a presence of ripe plum, blackberry, red berry and dark chocolate, with nuances of cherries, dried herbs, polished leather and a hint of currant. Underpinned by an uncompromisingly firm rod of drying, bony tannin, it's long and assertive, becoming more concentrated and intense towards its lingering finish of sour-edged fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
One of McLaren Vale’s best examples of the variety revealing stylish concentrated sweet berry fruit and soft tannins with a lovely mid-palate softness and incredible length with fine tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
More savoury restraint than many McLaren Vale cabernets; medium-bodied, with black fruits and savoury tannins; 22 months in French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A wine of exceptional concentration and power; very good cassis blackcurrant fruit; luscious, but not over the top.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Long, firm and tightly focused, this lean, sinewy but powerfully fruited cabernet simply needs time. Its brooding, rather closed bouquet of dark plum and berries, bitumen and dark olives reveals some floral perfume while its tightly muscled and astringent palate suggests deeply ripened fruit and baked earth.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
No doubting the region; black chocolate surrounds the blackcurrant fruit centre; good tannin and oak management.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A very well balanced and composed, but distinctively assertive cabernet. Its floral aromas of violets, dark plums, blackcurrants and dark olives are backed by dark chocolate, cedary oak and suggestions of mint. Smooth and sumptuous, its powerful and robust pal
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Pungent, powerful, raunchy style; intense blackcurrant fruit; nice French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says
One of McLaren Vale's best examples of the variety revealing stylish concentrated sweet berry fruit and soft tannins with a lovely mid-palate softness and incredible length with fine tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
92

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