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Richmond Grove Limited Release Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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This is a pretty atypical cab sav out of the Coonawarra at an appealing price. It shows it's Coonawarra roots through it's cassis and mint smells, along with hits of dried leaves, mocha and soft spice. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with bright fruity flavours, a lick of herbs, surprisingly gentle tannins, and a smooth, long finish. 

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Full depth crimson red. 

Nose: An elegant, yet powerful Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, with classic perfumed leafy cassis, blackberry and mint characters. Aromas of dark chocolate, tobacco and dried herbs are balanced with subtle cedar and cinnamon spice notes derived from maturation in fine French hogsheads.

Palate: Classic Coonawarra regional characters extend to the palate, with vibrant cassis flavours well integrated with fine, silky fruit tannins, providing length and structure.

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Richmond Grove Limited Release Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
There's a lot of charm in this easy drinking cabernet - shows a good dose of classic cassis and herbal stuff, but manages to find a little extra mojo in sandy tannins and a good pucker through the finish. Richness with pique interest at the price, and it's decidedly seamless.
WBM Reviews August, 2014
91
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
Richmond Grove’s 2012 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly the produce of good vintage conditions. It’s one of those wines that makes it all look easy. This is an enormously drinkable cabernet, has a clear sense of varietal and regional integrity, swings impressively through the finish and has enough of a tannin framework to perform well over the medium term. So many boxes ticked. Mint, tobacco, blackberry/blackcurrant and choc flavours. Excellent value. If it wasn’t for a slight dip to the mid palate I’d have rated this higher. Campbell Mattinson.
2014
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Finely structured, with pleasing balance and brightness, this elegant and profoundly varietal cabernet has a pristine bouquet of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and fresh cedar/chocolate oak lifted by a whiff of violet and backed by minty nuances of dried herbs. It's long and measured, smooth and deeply flavoured with a pliant spine of powdery tannins and a vibrant if slightly warm finish of lively acidity.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a well-made upper-level commercial wine, with plenty of cassis and mulberry/blackberry flavour, a dusting of regional mint and earth, and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Floral, lightly minty aromas of violets, cassis, and chocolate/vanilla oak reveal undertones of dried herbs. It's moderately firm and elegant, with a forward impression of sweet berry/plum fruit and a genuinely firm, structured but marginally green-edged finish of minty, menthol-like influence. There's a slight mid-palate hollowness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An elegant, medium-bodied cabernet with gentle blackcurrant, cedar and mocha notes supported by fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Earthy and rather jammy aromas of plums, cassis, red berries and cedar/vanilla oak reveal herbaceous undertones, while its long, smooth and fine-grained palate delivers pleasing length and depth of red and black berry flavours. It's supported by a dusty backbone and finishes with fresh acidity and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Richmond Grove's Limited Release series can be a bargain buy (when it's on discount) but this 2007 isn't; sometimes the conditions of the season get in the way. There are ripe flavours here, but overall it's too drying and twiggy to be an attractive proposition. It tastes of tar and blackcurrant but there's no real softness and it then becomes too tannic - it's unbalanced - as you swallow. Look elsewhere.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
85
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A ripe, intensely flavoured medium-term cabernet with cedary, tobaccoey aromas of dark plums, berries and currants and a firm, drying and astringent palate. It's Iong and chalky, with a fine length of dark berry/plum flavour framed by fine tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Considerable depth and concentration to blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, and achieves full ripeness in a cool vintage; good length and balance. Gold medal, Limestone Coast Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Sweet cassis/blackcurrant fruit; plenty of body; slightly assertive tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Clear red-purple; the bouquet is spotlessly clean, with well-balanced fruit and oak; the palate has good texture, structure and depth to the blackberry fruit, rounded off with quite pronounced tannins which need time to settle, but should do so.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red, with just a touch of purple; the bouquet is clean, moderately intense, with neatly balanced fruit and oak. A solid commercial red wine on the palate with ripe fruit bolstered by plenty of vanillin oak and soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
85
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a solidly honest wine with considerable fruit depth on both bouquet and palate, and which is remarkably youthful. While full-flavoured, needs further time to develop complexity
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
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