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Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon

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Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The hue is good, through the colour is slightly light, almost certainly a consequence of the correct design to pick earlier rather than later; the result is a fresh, crunchy cassis-driven suite of flavours couched in a fine tannin web and quality oak; the bouquet, too, is fragrant.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; a 92/6/2% blend of 90 cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot matured in French oak for 18 months; it is yet another example pointing to Wilyabrup as the epicentre of cabernet in the region; picked at precisely the right moment, it is lithe and long, the blackcurrant, cedar and briar flavours adding up to that autocratic character always especially prominent when the alcohol is controlled.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (92%)/Merlot (6%)/PetitVerdot (2%) that spent 20 months in French oak before being bottled in Dec '10; a classic young Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that needs years to show its best; stacked full of blackcurrant and cassis backed by firm tannins and cedary oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
WA Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Charmingly fine-grained and elegant, this fine regional cabernet has a sweet, minty and herbal bouquet of cassis, dark plums and black cherries knit with sweet chocolately, cedary oak with a slightly resiny, pine needle-like aroma. It?s very polished and supple, with deep small berry/cherry fruit underpinned by pliant, dusty tannins, finishing with excellent length and persistence. Very good, but with a question mark against the appropriateness of its slightly edgy oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Unmistakable cassis and mulberry-soaked Cabernet style. The palate's taut and well-structured with a juicy swathe of flavour, dense yet fine tannins and superb balance ensures they don't overwhelm. This will age superbly.
WBM Wine 100 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Like the '09, an entirely estate-grown blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%)/Merlot (7%)/Cabernet Franc (3%) that spent 18 months in French oak. The colour is still youthful, as is the fragrant, complex bouquet; the palate is medium-bodied, with superfine tannins and cedary oak providing great texture and structure to the cassis and blackcurrant fruit; both wines from top vintages.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Another might step up the ladder to be among the best Cabernets in the region. This is pure class. It's tightly controlled and with enormous underlying power and weight that carries effortlessly to a long finish. Fine ripe and firm tannins with some seriously good oak complete an outstanding wine.Ê
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A slightly minty, herbal cabernet whose dusty, mushroomy fragrance of sweet black and red berries, cherries, redcurrants and blueberries is deftly knit with fresh cedar/ vanilla oak. It's supple and juicy, with a long, smooth and fractionally green-edged palate of brightly lit and restrained fruit revealing nuances of underbrush and meaty complexity. It finishes with lingering notes of minerals and dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Long, fine-grained, firm and stylish, this violet-scented, polished and seamless young cabernet marries pristine flavours of small dark berries, plums and cherries with creamy cedar/vanilla oak and dusty, tobaccoey undertones. Slowly unfolding layers of flavour, it's powdery and textured, with a well-integrated loose-knit backbone.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An elegant wine with delicious blackcurrant and cassis fruit framed by high-quality French oak and fine, savoury tannins; includes 12% merlot; 18 months French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Classic Margaret River with its ripe blackcurrant and minty slightly leafy varietal opening. The perfumed cedary oak is quite beautiful. The powerful palate structure will ensure it can be cellared for a number of years. Poised and balanced with impressive length.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
If you could rate a wine on its smell alone - this one would push 100. It smells awesome. Twigs, black and briary berried fruit, cigar box, violet. Classic style - alarmingly like Bordeaux, if you don't mind us saying. Excellent depth too. Classy wine. Ripe, fine but firm tannin. Layers of flavour and penetrating length. All that and a bag of chips. An exciting wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010

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