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Leasingham Bin 56 Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

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This wine brings back so many memories. And has it changed one iota in ten years, not on your life. Just as big, bold and damn delicious - an Australian classic no less at the top of its game.

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red in colour with purple hues, this wine displays lifted aromas of red and black berries with hints of chocolate and cedar spice. The palate is medium bodied. A rich mouth feel is underpinned by focused and fine grained tannins. The wine displays cassis, red berries, dark chocolate and cigar box flavours with a lingering finish.

Food Suggestion: Enjoy with any red meat dish.

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Leasingham Bin 56 Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A label with a rich history, the '71 'was a beautiful wine drinking well into the '90s (cork permitting). Bright crimson-red, the black fruits of the cabernet fleshed out by the confit fruit of the malbec. A sentimental vote, perhaps, but worth it.
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very meaty, earthy and gamey, this long, firm and savoury blend has a sweet, minty bouquet of red and black berries, dried herbs, baked earth and a hint of menthol. It's sumptuous but sinewy, very drying and robust. Deeply ripened black and red berry fruit underpinned by a slightly raw, firm and chalky backbone finishes with meaty, currant-like notes. It avoids overripeness, but needs time.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A softer and earlier-drinking personality than the cellaring style of the past, Bin 56 unites the savoury, earthy edge of malbec with the violet perfume and capsicum of cabernet.
WINE100
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The price provided by Leasingham is indicative only; this is often discounted, so it's worth shopping around. You should be able to find it for under $20. The great thing about this wine has always been that it blends malbec with cabernet - a marriage made in heaven, particularly in the Glare Valley. This isn't the best Bin 56 we've tried, but it still displays how well these grape varieties work together. It tastes of mint, earth, sultanas and rich, ripe blackcurrant juice. It's a wine of depth and polish. It could do with a bit more of everything, but what is here is very good.
2011-2016
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lively fresh wine, unusually so for the normally more robust Clare style, although there certainly is a background of tannins to the cassis fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Full to medium in weight, this robust and earthy red has a rather vegetal, malbec-driven aroma backed by sweet black and red berries, cedar/vanilla oak and regional mint/menthol undertones. Quite robust and leathery, it just lacks the depth of berry/plum fruit to counter its rather drying astringency.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
The price provided by Leasingham excludes this from the 'Top twenty-five at S20 or less' list, but it's worth hunting down a good price on it: the quality is excellent, and it's often discounted. This release is only 6 per cent malbec, but it's always good to see it in the blend. Well, hasn't this label smartened up its act! Gone are the dirty, gamey disappointments and back are the fresh, fruity flavours of blackcurrant and earth, tar and chocolate. There are minor levels of eucalypt here, but mostly it's just a medium-bodied, well-proportioned, good drinking wine that will also take medium-term cellaring well. Smells fresh and tastes satisfying.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Powerful, youthful but perfectly balanced fruit, oak and tannins; the long history of the wine (1971 great) helps assure the long-term future.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Constructed atop a robust spine of grainy tannin, this assertive, punchy and briary shiraz combines its minty flavours of cassis black cherries and dark plums with cedar/vanilla oak and undertones of menthol, cloves and cinnamon. It's long and complete, with some youthful rawness, and should build well in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Rustic, briary and earthy aromas of dark berries, plums and cedar/chocolate oak reveal lightly floral undertones of dried herbs, mint and menthol. Smooth, elegant and creamy, the palate marries vibrant black and red fruits with earthy, herbal malbec influences and fine-grained tannins. It's full to medium in weight, with a lingering core of fruit and a herbal, rosemary-like finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A rich mix of blackcurrant, dark chocolate, earth and savoury tannins. Impressive overall structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
A wine with a great history (the 1971 is still superb) and a testament to the synergy of the cabernet malbec blend in the Clare Valley; spends 18 months in French and American oak. Blackcurrant and plum aromas are matched by the generous, mouth filling mid-palate sweet fruit of the malbec; the cabernet adds authority to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet has masses of sweet dark berry/blackberry fruit, joined by some dark chocolate flavours on the palate. For once, fruit, not oak, is the major driver; easy to see how it won two trophies at the National Wine Show in 1998.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; very sweet berry fruit aromas with that unique slightly jammy note of Malbec contributing. The palate, likewise, is rich and sweet, with layered mint and berry flavours. Cleverly handled oak is also a feature. Multiple trophy winner 1998 National Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
96
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Full red-purple; a concentrated bouquet with hints of black fruit and dark chocolate aromas supported by abundant but not excessive oak. Voluptuously rich on the palate, with a range of chewy dark fruit and dark chocolate flavours. The wine has good tannin structure, and it is not hard to see why it won four gold medals in the first year of its show life.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90

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