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Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Here we have a pretty fab cab sav from where else but the Margaret River. It's uber-cool and shows some pretty typical choc mint on the nose that will have you thinking you have your snozz stuck in a box of 'After Eight' mints. The palate is graceful, but it has some rich plum, tobacco and mint oomph on the palate supported by fine, evident tannins and a lingering, dry finish. It'll have you filling your glass for another go.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine has a remarkably perfumed nose. There are heady scents of overblown roses and good, ripe, red fruits.

The oak is not obvious – and that’s a tribute to the richness of the fruit. There is softness on the palate, but with some fine chalky tannin grip at the end. There is real Cabernet structure – you know where the backbone is.

The flavour is almost cool climate Cabernet – just seemless smooth, rich fruit flavours of chocolate and cherries and juciness. The whole impression is succulence.


Reviews & Accolades


"The quality of Peel’s Cabernets is often overlooked, but this one is a beauty and marks the continuing recent refinement of the style. It already shows an elegance and finesse typical of the region’s limestone soils, yet there is plenty of power and lingering intensity. Has really come into its own."
94/100 - WA Wine Guide

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Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The colour fades slightly on the rim, hardly surprising for a 6-year-old wine; the light- to medium-bodied palate is fresh and lively, with splashes of leaf and mint alongside the red fruits. Can be enjoyed any time.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
Would have to be one of the best Cabernets Will Nairn has made. Such an effortless silky smooth expression with a powerhouse of fruit in the engine room sitting beneath that silky veneer of fine oak and silky tannins. One of the best.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
94
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Remarkably elegant, refined and balanced wine with soft, developed fruit characters.
Winestate magazine 2010
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Juicy red berry fruit is the foundation, oak and tannins in the back seat; does have overall balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says
Pretty hard act to follow, the '02 which I reckoned to be the best ever Peel Cabernet. This one pushes it all the way. More in the black currant plum spectrum than the previous one but one again it strikes a great balance of ripe tannins, powerfully intense and concentrated sweet fruit and well weight oak. Quite soft and generous on the palate.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A solid wine; plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit; warm oak and ripe tannins; has developed well and will continue.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Some colour development, not 100% bright; a substantial wine; with rich, but not jammy, blackcurrant fruit; nice touch of cigar box; balanced, ripe tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Rich, warm-grown, earthy, chocolatey overtones to a well of blackberry fruit; soft tannins, plenty of substance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Ray Jordan (2000 Vintage) says
A robust wine of some style and elegance. Deep dark reddy crimson colour. The smells are a seductive perfumed mix of red currant and muted cedar. The palate has some solid chalky tannin and acid with plenty of oak handling the super charged fruit. It will continue to improve over the years and become more elegant and refined
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
87
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; some slightly smoky/savoury overtones to the underlying blackcurrant fruit. The palate has good structure, mouthfeel and balance; dark fruits, a hint of earth, and fine, ripe tannins round off a good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90

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