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McAlister Vineyards The McAlister

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McAlister Vineyards The McAlister

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Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Slowly maturing, this earthy and steadily evolving cabernet blend has a smoky, cedary bouquet of blackberries, plums and briar backed by nuances of underbrush and menthol. It's cultivated and fine-grained, with a pleasing length of dark berries, plums and chocolatey oak underpinned by fine, pliant tannins before a savoury, earthy finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A riper wine than this vineyard usually produces, with an artfully made but slightly baked expression of meaty plums and berries with some chocolatey and raisined notes. It's rustic, earthy and charming, with a plush, approachable and richly flavoured palate framed by smooth-edged but firm tannins and backed by nuances of musk and leather, mint and menthol. It finishes with tobaccoey notes and slight rawness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
One of the riper wines from this vineyard, with a perfume of raspberries, cherries and cassis backed by a hint of currants, nuances of undergrowth and a minty, floral aspect. It's smooth, seamless and evenly fruited, with a plush mouthfeel of briary black and red berry flavour and restrained cedar/vanilla oak framed by fine, drying and dusty tannin. Retains its customary elegance.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A complex, smoky and autumnal cabernet blend whose leathery bouquet of dark cherries, plums and blackberries reveals meaty, cedary and herbal undertones. Quite evolved, It's smooth and supple, medium to full in weight, with dark, earthy flavours and herbal, leathery undertones framed by firmish but slightly sappy tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Finely crafted and finished, this very elegant, fine and restrained cabernet blend offers a silky, slightly sappy expression of pleasing red and black berry flavour and cedary oak, just a shade too leafy, with meaty suggestions of green beans and slightly metallic tannins. I'd love to have seen this same wine with a measure of in-barrel micro-oxygenation.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
An elegant, restrained cabernet blend made with great sensitivity. Its meaty, undergrowth-like aromas of small red and black berries precede a soft, slightly herbal and smooth palate whose intensity and richness build in the mouth. Underpinned by a fine, but evident firmness, it needs time to develop its intended complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90

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