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Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon

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Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A blend of cabernet sauvignon,merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot that spent 33 months in French barriques. Domain A is the only winery in Tasmania able to produce a wine of this quality from this Bordeaux blend, the secret being closely spaced, dry-grown old vines. It is a black-fruited wine with an autocratic personality, but will loosen up to a degree over the coming years.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Tasmanian winemakers refer to Domaine A as the only true chateau of the island state, and its the sheer Bordeaux-like longevity of this remarkable cabernet blend that confirms it. Even the earliest vintages of this label from the early 1990s are still but half way through their life. The 2006 has a similar future before it, powerfully structured with a wall of firm, finely structured tannins that scream out for a very long time to soften and integrate. Even at eight years of age on release, it’s only slowly developing secondary roast capsicum and toasty notes amidst its powerful, meaty, savoury nuances of tomato leaf, tobacco, berry fruits and game. It holds its balance in the midst of its tannin onslaught, with lively Tasmanian acidity keeping things fresh. For the record, 90% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot and 2% petit verdot, built for the long-haul with 30 months of maturation in 100% new French oak barrels.
Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/14
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Every bit as youthful as the '05; a very fragrant bouquet with hallmark blackcurrant fruit and a finely framed palate; these cabernets are by far the best in Tasmania, but are not for lovers of Barossa cabernets.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
With a deep dark red ruby colour and a slightly minty perfume of dark cherries, blackberries and cassis backed by suggestions of cedar, tobacco and dried herbs, this supple, smooth and polished cabernet blend is constructed about a dusty spine of loose-knit tannin. Already very complex, with just a hint of a very low-level presence of brettanomyces and linseed oil, it steadily builds towards a crescendo of bramble-like black and red berry flavour. A classically structured long-term wine with a future.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Right in the mainstream of the classically austere Domaine A style, with a degree of complexity and intensity within that austere exterior that is quite remarkable. A wine made with fastidious attention to detail and without compromise.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Slightly meaty aromas of dark, briary plums, blackcurrants and cranberries combine with cedary vanilla oak. Assertive and powerfully structured, this deeply flavoured wine unfolds layer after layer of depth and richness, steadily revealing dark berry, plum, cassis and briary fruit and well-integrated creamy oak, plus nuances of dried herbs. Despite its almost opulent power, it's finely balanced and elegant, ultimately delivering sweetness of fruit and softness of tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
96

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