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Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon

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This wine may live as long as you do. In fact, this wine may well be alive the next time that Halley's Comet may well be visible again. Who's up for a glass of nicely mature Clare Valley red and some comet watching? What makes this so sturdy is just how full flavoured and rich it is, the tannins firm, the flavours seriously intense. If you are going to drink this in the next 20 years we recommend pairing it with mammoth steaks (or at least steaks from a large bull).

Winemaker's Notes

The wine is a brilliant deep red in colour with attractive purple hues. The bouquet is intensely aromatic, showing characters of bay leaf, blackcurrant, cigar box and chocolate mint. With power and concentration, this wine shows flavours of blackcurrant and cassis on the palate, balanced by black olive and cedar spice. Also showing juicy mouth coating tannin, it is kept focused by a classically defined acid structure. This wine may be cellared for over 10 years and is best enjoyed with richly flavoured red meats and hard cheeses.

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Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Still dense purple-crimson; the intense bouquet ranges through blackberry, blackcurrant, plum and earth; the full-bodied palate following suit, the oak certainly adding to the equation, but integrated; the tannins are ripe, but like the oak, are fused with the fruit. This could easily be a 50-year wine, 40 conservative.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
This release is not as overtly minty as the region's shirazes often are. It's matured in all-French oak, though only 40 per cent of that oak is new - the rest has been used before. Smart winemaking. True cabernet expression. Has juicy, light-footed fruit but lots of acidity and tannin, the effect working brilliantly. Muscular wine in its way - much like nebbiolo - and, while it doesn't lack flavour, it has a way of flitting through your mouth with confident ease. Quite intriguing. Will age like a beauty. Plums, currants, chocolate, spearmint. Savoury muscles - does that make sense? It's good. Very.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A robust older style wine that needs plenty of time. Scented with mint and menthol, its meaty, earthy, tea tin-like aromas of currants, plums and blackberries have a gamey, but faintly baked aspect. Long, firm and drying, with a pleasing length of tightly closed, brooding fruit, it presents genuinely ripened dark fruit flavours harmoniously integrated with fresh oak and chalky tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
At five years of age, this low alcohol style carries fragrant elegance of violets, redcurrants, roast capsicum and dried herbs. Finely textured tannins promise great longevity, pending a good cork.
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
A densely coloured, brooding Clare Valley cabernet with density and resolve. Smells of gum leaves and ripe dark berries with inky, almost tarry concentration; the oak's sitting up a little at this stage. Tannins are puckering and demanding, with long ultra-dark berry flavour. Needs time.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very powerful and full-bodied, with a long life ahead; the power comes from its great length, or is it the other way around? Either way, strong blackcurrant fruit has sidelights of spice, cedar and dark chocolate, the tannins lining up in regimental support.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A traditional long-term Clare cabernet whose deep aromas of dark plums, berries and cedar/vanilla oak are backed by dusty, slightly leafy suggestions of dried herbs and undertones of baked earth. It's astringent and drying, delivering a profound length of dark, deeply layered fruit and mature enough to finish quite savoury, with a mineral aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Mainstream Clare cabernet with unapologetically trenchant black fruits, earth, herb and chocolate, with the sound and fury on entry softening marginally on the back-palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Full-bodied and tightly structured on release with great depth of oak and fruit flavours and a long tight finish. Requires patience to see everything marry. The 2006 vintage will be released January 2011.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Uncompromising full-bodied wine; masses of black fruits, but even more tannins; needs a minimum of 10 years before approaching; pray for the cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strong colour; has the full gamut of black fruits on the bouquet; a concentrated but not the least heavy palate, with excellent handling of 18 months in French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Powerful blackcurrant fruit with touches of dark chocolate; smooth, supple tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Festooned with trophies and gold medals from top shows, which comes as no surprise, for this is the big end of town. Dense red-purple, massively concentrated fruit has soaked up the new French oak on the bouquet. The palate has dense black fruits and chocolate, but remains well balanced. Monumental.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the solid blackberry/dark berry fruit is supported by the inevitable scoop of oak always ladled into the wine. The rich, ripe, luscious blackberry/blackcurrant/mulberry palate is surrounded by appropriately balanced tannin and oak. Patience is required, but not too much else.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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