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Koonowla The Ringmaster Cabernet Sauvignon

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Koonowla The Ringmaster Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Good colour; matured in 2-and 3-year-old French oak hogsheads, there is an unexpected but enjoyable juicy aspect to the black fruits, and also some spicy/cedary nuances. Good balance makes the wine enjoyable now, or into the future.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
90
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Lighter, fresher and more savoury than the principal Koonowla Cabernet; a touch of mint is one consequence, but doesn't upset me; good drinking over the next 5+ years.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Is developing nicely, with spicy French oak (despite none new, just two- and three-year-old) seamlessly marrying with cassis-accented fruit; the tannins are fine and soft, the balance good.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
There's a purity of fruit focus that makes this Clare cabernet quite a bargain. A lifted, perfumed bouquet of violets and red berries leads into a palate of crunchy red berries, mint, leaf, mixed spice and finely structured tannins, all of which linger longer than you'd expect at this price.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
91
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Sensational bargain cabernet from the Clare Valley that's delivered in an approachable, regional style. Black olives and dark berry fruits, gentle regional gum leaf and a layer of toasty oak across the top. Tannins stay soft right throughout and strike the right balance through the finish
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
This may be a new label for many although Koonowla have been sending me wine for three years. It's now a large 100-hectare Clare vineyard, not far from Auburn, on land that was originally planted to vines in the late nineteenth century. So it's an historic property (which explains the unmarketable name), revitalised. O'Leary Walker vinifies some of the fruit which is sold under the Koonowla label -with 'The Ringmaster' being the budget-priced label for shiraz and cabernet, both of which are rated 'bloody good'. I found the 2006 'Ringmaster' pretty restrained on the nose but better on the palate: there it has raspberry, redcurrant and blackberry flavours, silky smooth texture, and ripe but firm tannins
Quaff 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Alcohol-driven nose with subtle fruit and spices and well-structured, well-balanced, berry palate.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
This wine was made by David O'Leary and Nick Walker of the excellent O'Leary Walker brand. It's not quite as good as The Ringmaster Shiraz of the same vintage, but it sure feels good in your mouth. It tastes of blackcurrant and eucalypt and, while it's pretty simple, it's deadset attractive too. Modest tannins provide a solid framework, and it has a beautiful violet-like perfume. Satisfying and good.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Again, not bright; a powerful wine, with lots of earthy tannins in a savoury style; rump steak and patience recommended.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87

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