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Grove Estate 'The Partners' Cabernet Sauvignon

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Is Hilltops the Coonawarra of New South Wales? You'd be harder pressed to find vineyards in redder soil. The core elements of great Cabernet are there: extended ripening period leading to well defined Cabernet aromatics, balanced palate structure especially, ripe tannins. The 2006 Cabernet shows plenty of ripe fruit: blackberry, liquorice and cassis flavours along with an echo of an autumn herb garden; medium to full palate structure. There is complexity here. A couple of years in a cool cellar would be handy.

Winemaker's Notes

Is Hilltops the Coonawarra of New South Wales? You'd be harder pressed to find vineyards in redder soil. The core elements of great Cabernet are there: extended ripening period leading to well defined Cabernet aromatics, balanced palate structure especially, ripe tannins. The 2006 Cabernet shows plenty of ripe fruit: blackberry, liquorice and cassis flavours along with an echo of an autumn herb garden; medium to full palate structure. There is complexity here. A couple of years in a cool cellar would be handy.

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Grove Estate 'The Partners' Cabernet Sauvignon

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Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Grove Estate has a beautiful vineyard in the underappreciated Hilltops region of New South Wales. It's great cabernet country up there - indeed great red country. 2006 RELEASE Quality. Not all that varietal, but a really good red wine. Malty, sweet, bold and inviting, the rush of fruit offering flavours of tar, blackcurrant and coffeed vanillin. It's all quite heady, and the flavour goes on for a good long time. Supple tannins glide through the finish. Impressive stuff. DRINK 2010-2016. Price
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
The year 2006 was a good red vintage in these parts (Hilltops centres around the town of Young in New South Wales). This wine won a blue-gold medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition. It's good, solid, beefy wine, though it seems to have got a little out of control. It's warm and tarry, brandied and overripe, the vitality of its fruit flavours coming across as dull, despite its might and power. Lots of tannin and an appropriate level of chocolatey oak. Big wine - it will no doubt have its fans.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88

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