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Leasingham Bastion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

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Leasingham Bastion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Rich, chunky, powerful blackcurrant fruit and substantial, ripe tannins. Gold medal National Wine Show '05. Ridiculously good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A grippy, focused and brightly flavoured red blend with a pungent, spicy and slightly meaty aroma of dark plums and blackberries, cloves and cinnamon, mint and menthol. Backed by creamy and cedary oak, its elegant but moderately firm palate of bright cassis, chocolate, blackberry and plum flavour is framed by powdery tannins. Wonderful value for money.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Archetypal, if slightly rustic, Clare Valley style; a mix of blackberry, blackcurrant, earth and leather; soft tannins, good balance. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Vivid purple-red; a vibrant bouquet of blackberry, blackcurrant and a touch of mint leads into a sweet, juicy, fruit-driven palate; not complex, but has plenty of concentration.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Smooth, polished and very affordable red with an intense minty/menthol fragrance of blackberry jam, cinnamon cake and sweet vanilla/coconut oak. Its long and creamy palate presents lively, briary blackberry and redcurrant fruit with cedary oak and earthy complexity framed by moderately firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
Since it was first released four years ago, the Bastion Shiraz Cabernet has been arguably Australia's best-value-for-money red. The 2001 is a good rather than great Bastion: ripe vanillin oak, herbal, dark liquorice flavours, smooth texture, fine tannins and a juicy finish.
Quaff 2004 2003
Ken Gargett (2001 Vintage) says
The Bastion came onto the market with one of the great red wine bargains of the decadeÑthat 1999 vintage was something very special. The 2000 was pretty good too but not great, and if they hadn't come up with the goods for the 2001 we might have all thought it was a con. It ain't no conÑthe 2001 Bastion is back up there, close to the 1999 vintage as a crackerjack wine at a crazy price. I have already seen this wine hovering around the $10 mark; if you see it there, pounce.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (1999 Vintage) says
This is only the second vintage of this bold, assertive shiraz cabernet (60:40) blend sourced from BRL Hardys Leasingham vineyards and from Clare growers. Wine-maker Kerri Thompson has maintained the style of the previous wine in the excellent 1999 vintage and has produced a full-bodied alcoholic red that can be consumed now but will benefit from short-term cellaring. It has strong, smoky, cedary oak aromas, blackcurrant flavours, impressive weight, power, a tight structure and firm, fine tannins. Best with strongly flavoured beef or lamb stews.
Quaff 2002 2001
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (1998 Vintage) says
A new and very welcome label from the historic Leasingham winery in South Australia's Clare Valley, designed, we assume, to fill the gap left by the winery's long-running Bin 56 cabernet malbec and Bin 61 shiraz, which are now both over $15 (unfortunately). This wine manages to provide heaps of regional red wine personality along with terrific value. Dark, full of minty purple berry fruit flavour and smoky oak, it has the kind of firm, rather robust, full-bodied structure that either suggests drinking now with rare steak or stashing under the bed for a couple of years to mellow. A big, bold wine.
Quaff 2001 2000

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