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McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

If you want a red that offers maximum flavour for minimum dollars then this Cabernet should be on your wish list. It’s a Gold medal winning red that has it all in spades showing cassis, violets as well as chocolate and cedar. The palate continues the theme with integrated tannins and a long, structured finish. It’s a grand stablemate for roast lamb or chicken and just keeps improving in the glass.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Crimson red with purple hues.

Nose: A vibrant nose displaying fruit aromas of cassis and red berry fruits and subtle violet nuances. Chocolate and cedar oak notes add complexity.

Palate: Displaying ripe blackberry and chocolate oak flavours, this complex wine shows definitive varietal characters combined with subtle oak tannins. The resulting finish is long, structured and supple.

Food: Confit chicken, creamy garlic potatoes, green beans; Venison pie and mash.

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McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright colour; fragrant and varietal with cassis and a touch of cedar on the bouquet; the palate is lively and fresh, with the tannins a little unresolved and assertive for complete harmony; still, excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
88
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Now is the time to stock up on this all-purpose bargain cabernet, because this release is bolstered by a sizeable contribution of Coonawarra fruit and a dash of McLaren Vale – but no longer from the 2012 vintage onward. A medium-bodied style of accurate cabernet character of blackcurrant, tobacco, capsicum and violet of surprising persistence, with fine-grained tannins and dark chocolate oak promising medium-term potential. An impressive vintage for Hanwood, and great valu
2013-2017
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92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
There is no red wine on the shelves with three years of maturity and a street price well under $10 as reliable as Hanwood Cabernet. This is a particularly flattering vintage, capturing the violet florals and primary black- and redcurrants and capsicum that define this variety.
2012 - 2014
Wine Taste Edition 71
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; light-bodied, perhaps, but has an evenly balanced and long palate with gentle cassis fruit and fine tannins in support, oak barely visible. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '11 reflects a desire to recognise wines with elegance. Drink now.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Cleverly made; there are substantial cool-climate contibutions in addition to the Riverina component; is a considerable WA component; has good savoury structure and texture underpinning red and blackcurrant fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive, fresh and balanced, with some poise and genuine structure. Scented with sweet floral, earthy and minty aromas of black and red berries, plums and lightly vanilla/cedar oak, it's long, vibrant and juicy, with a balanced, firmish and drying palate of balanced small berry flavour, fresh oak and fine tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
86
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
In fine-wine circles you'll almost never hear the word Hanwood mentioned, and we guess that's understandable enough. But really, the Hanwood range routinely offers some extraordinary-value drinking. Ripper wine at the price. Flavours of blackcurrant, blueberry, dust and gravel, with a full uptake of soft, sweet, chocolatey fruit. The word to describe it is yum'. It's vinous, with a touch of mint providing lift. Shop around and nab yourself a bargain.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Unforced and perhaps a little simple, but has good varietal fruit and balance; tip top value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
2006 RELEASE There's the odd small-run wine that beats it, but for the widely available stuff - this is the best ten buck cabernet on the market. You need to specifically look for the 2006 though - the 2005 isn't nearly as good. This tastes of blackcurrant and raisins and toast, and slips down all too easily. Canny red drinkers should snap this one up. DRINK 2008-2010.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh and uncomplicated, but purely expressed, cabernet sauvignon; good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
McWilliam's has it down to a fine art; clear blackcurrant and cassis in a light- to medium-bodied frame; a nice touch of oak, too.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red, with a touch of purple; the bouquet is clean and smooth, with an attractive amalgam of berry, earth and vanilla. Smooth, cherry/berry fruit and subtly balanced oak mark a well-made wine at a bargain basement price.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
86

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