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Taltarni Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Taltarni Pyrenees range, capture the essential magic of the Victorian region in every bottle. In this interpretation of Cabernet Sauvignon, French winemaker Loic le Calvez displays all the tricks of the trade turning out a typically Australian red with a sexy French accent. As well as Cabernet there’s a fraction of Petit Verdot that lends colour and fragrant intensity. You’ll enjoy violets, blackberries and spice with some gentle earthiness before structured tannins and integrated oak work their magic. There’s only one way to make roast lamb taste better, decant this first!

Winemaker's Notes

Victoria, Pyrenees, Estate Grown 100% Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 95% Merlot 5%

A very attractive deep plum red colour with purple tints, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon has an elegant, varietal nose of violets, blackberries and spice. These characters are complemented on the palate by forest floor flavours, fine tannins and spicy oak notes.

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Taltarni Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in an velvet glove.
2023
Rob Geddes MW
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A finely crafted cabernet with a dusty, faintly herbal and tobaccoey bouquet of fresh cassis, raspberries, dark cherries and restrained cedar/chocolate oak. It's long and evenly paced, with a very faint suggestions of baked fruit, but delivers a pleasingly intense and persistent palate framed by fine, firm and dusty tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Firm and astringent, this traditional Taltarni red is destined for the long term. Its fragrant bouquet of violets, cassis, small red berries and restrained cedar/vanilla oak reveals a dusting of dried herbs. Elegant and evenly ripened, with a meaty presence of small berry fruit backed by earthy, chocolate influences, it's tightly wound around a drying spine of bony tannins, finishing with length and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep colour; very powerful in every way, blackcurrant fruit and obvious French on bouquet and palate alike; on the back-palate and finish earthy tannins take hold; it is uncertain whether they will soften before the fruit fades; given the benefit of the doubt
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
92
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
A regal and authentic cabernet that has well-made, modern style without losing touch with its uniqueness and origins. Light herbs and plenty of purple fruits supplemented by fine French oak. The palate has a taut tannin lining with some sweeter, warmer berry fruits across the top, anchored and even, it builds with impressive resolve through the finish and will certainly reward further cellaring.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Elegant medium-bodied wine, with a classic interplay between blackcurrant fruit and savoury/earthy characters from the tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Scented with violets and lavender, blackberries, cassis and dark plums, this robust, firm and chalky cabernet reveals restrained roasted cedar/vanilla oak and a suggestion of bacon. It's long, elegant and powerfully constructed, with a vibrant, if slightly baked palate of dark fruit and mouthcoating tannin. Give it time.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Powerful wine, one foot in the old Taltarni style, one in the new; precise cabernet varietal fruit with savoury tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
Rob Geddes MW (1990 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (1988 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (1985 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
91
Rob Geddes MW (1984 Vintage) says
Even with the oak in the background this wine is not short of regional varietal tannins and the way they are handled is critical. Since Loic has arrived they have gained an extra level of polish and refinement, with the tannins being mouth watering and food friendly rather than blocky and drying. Each vintage since 02 has been an exercise in refinement with the regional firm finish always in evidence making them food friendly. Older vintage prices are from auctions. The 2009 is a full bodied, firm finishing style with a lifted black currant fruit pastille, mint aromas that are appealing and varietal. The palate has great length, a black fruit middle palate and fine grained tannins with flavours to finish in the black fruit spectrum. Extremely mouth filling powdery regional tannins that demand food and time. A big wine that is a text book example of a iron fist in a velvet glove.
Rob Geddes MW
91

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