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Mandala Cabernet Sauvignon

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This stonkingly good cab sav shows fragrant aromas of blackberries, purple florals and crushed leaves on the nose, with hints fo cedary oak. The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant, with black fruit and tobacco flavours, fine, firm tannins, bright acidity, and a dry, wood spice finish. Lamb rack would be the bomb with this!

Winemaker's Notes

A classic Yarra Valley Cabernet. Displaying cassis and fresh blackcurrant fruit, subtle, spicy oak and long fine tannins add considerable structure to the palate.

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Mandala Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
An almost fiercely varietal Cabernet, driven from the back by powerful tannins; on retasting, the fruit fights back and prevails, and given the courtesy of five years' bottle age, the true quality of the wine will be more obvious.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
An approachable lunch time claret style of fragrant cabernet of violet perfume and blackcurrant and cassis fruit, sourced from Mandala’s estate vineyard established at Dixon’s Creek 25 years ago. It presents impressive fruit concentration for an elegant and low alcohol cabernet, with notes of lead pencil oak hovering in the background, wrapped in graphite-fine, softly textured tannins.
2013-2015
Wine Taste Edition 102
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
An elegant wine, with cedar and spice nuances rippling through the base of blackcurrant and cassis, the texture very fine, tannins and oak simply providing background.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Nicely balanced, low-yielding Yarra cabernet with the finely structured tannins to see it out for a decade yet. Fruit and oak unite harmoniously in aromas of perfumed violets and flavours of black cherries and dark chocolate.
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
There are slightly brickish hues in this Yarra cabernet from a warm vintage, which has aromas of loamy earth, leather, cassis and cedar; some dried plum cake here too. The palate's open and easy, serving up soft, ripe tannins, plum and mulberry.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Exquisitely designed labels - hope the designer won an award; you could stare into the emblem on the front for hours (especially if you've had a few). Has a lovely style about it but in the end it felt a little too tannic - we started to worry whether it was balanced or not. It's quite possible that we're being too critical, though, because flavour-wise it is most enjoyable. Blackcurrant, olives and pencilly, chocolatey flavours - before drying tannin takes over.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89

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