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Nugan Estate Alcira Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

Deep crimson with a youthful purple hue. Fresh aromas of cassis, mint and eucalypt entwined with earth and spice. On the palate, generous ripe flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and rich chocolate melded with hints of mint and fennel. A beautifully balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely fruit concentration, depth, integrated oak and velvety tannins.

Awards and Accolades

Silver: 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show.

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Nugan Estate Alcira Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Cassis and mulberry fruit has a juicy mid-palate before fine tannins provide structure on the finish; the oak is surprisingly well balanced and integrated.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Excellent crimson purple; the best release from this vineyard to date; the bouquet and palate sing the same song of cassis, sweet earth, mint and soft but persistent mocha/vanilla oak that allies itself with the equally persistent fine, ripe tannins.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has retained bright, clear hue; a thoroughly attractive medium-bodied wine with aromatic redcurrant and mint aromas, then a brightly fruited, soft tannin and mocha oak-influenced palate. Ready any time you choose.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright colour; attractive cedar and spice in part derived from 30 months in new and second-use French oak; there are very attractive cassis notes throughout; the palate has good drive and a long finish; the tannins are very fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Nugan Estate is based in New South Wales but buys and grows grapes in and from various regions around Australia. Nicely balanced wine. Above average quality. Smooth texture and attractive medium-weight flavour - plums, blackcurrant, twigs and mint - with an appropriate coating of musky, vanillin oak. This could easily have scored in the nineties except that it seemed to stumble through the finish. An extra six months' rest in the bottle might iron it out nicely.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Thirty months in new and used French oak has not overwhelmed the juicy redcurrant, mulberry and blackcurrant fruit; good texture, balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
The nose is deep and inky. The palate is filled with sweet fruit flavours perfectly balanced by dusty/nutty oak, good acidity and fine tannins, with a firm finish.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Nice drink. There's a good hit of curranty, briary, tangy flavour with just the lightest kiss of toasty, vanillin oak. It's fresh and medium-weight in its intensity, with a good, even flow of flavour through the finish. Hits the spot.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; smooth, supple blackcurrant/cassis and a touch of chocolate; fine tannins add to the length, oak to the complexity. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Fresh, clean, lively, sweet red and black fruits; medium-bodied; oak and tannins balanced and integrated; nice wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
This is red wine's answer to Missy Higgins: a discovery you'd like to hug to yourself, but so easy to like that you know before long everybody else is going to jump on the bandwagon. So Missy sells 350,000 albums after all of us who first heard her on Triple J said collectively, 'This girl could be good.' And this wine could be good, too. So start a trend, don't follow one.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean bouquet is moderately intense, offering a mix of berry, earth and light oak; the fresh and lively light to medium-bodied palate has a mixture of leaf, earth and cassis, which has swallowed up the 100 per cent new French oak barriques in which the wine was matured.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86

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