Cabernet Sauvignon’s spiritual home, and perhaps its true origin, is in Bordeaux, where it tends to be blended with other varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Australian Cab Savs are commonly made as single varietal wines, with Coonawarra and Margaret River heading most wine lovers’ lists of Cabernet regions.
A classically structured, full-bodied Cabernet with varietal aromas of blackberry, bay leaf and dark chocolate. Elegant flavours of cassis, dark chocolate and oak characters dominate the palate while fine tannins add structure and length.
Item Code: ITM6015
Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry and plum with hints of savoury oak. Ripe and juicy on the palate with plenty of fruit. The oak is soft and spicy with fine, silky tannins resulting in depth and length.
Item Code: ITM7347
Varietal cassis aromas are supported by blackberry, mint and forest floor characters on the palate. Maturation for 22 months in a mixture of new and old French and American oak adds structure and layers of complexity.
Item Code: 30009
Dark cherry red in colour with purple hues, this wine presents a fragrant fruit driven nose with hints of dried herbs and violets. On the palate rich raspberry, blackberry and cassis fill the mouth while undertones of mint, cedar and spice add a savoury edge. Firm tannins create excellent balance and lead to a long, elegant finish.
Item Code: ITM4678
Cabernet’s structure and Merlot’s plush fruit combine in a rounded, full and rich style. Cape Mentelle’s 2014 Trinders is a sumptuous Australian take on this classic Bordeaux blend.
Item Code: ITM5718
"Soft, almost pillowy cabernet with a wealth of berried fruit flavour and sound, juicy, flowing length. Ticks boxes all along the way. Threads of bay leaves and assorted dried herbs run through fine-grained tannin. Will work equally well either now or later." Halliday Wine Companion
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Item Code: ITM14516
Richly flavoured with pure dark berry flavours of mulberry, cassis and plum. Well integrated cedar/mocha oak creates great length and balance. Solid but very fine grained tannin structure completes this well rounded wine.
Item Code: ITM5942
Fragrant aromas of mulberry and black plum on the nose follow onto the intensely layered palate where they intertwine with hints of black olive, lashings of chocolate and toasty French oak. Fine long tannins provide structure and depth.
Item Code: ITM7732
Crafted from selected parcels of intense Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the exceptional 2015 vintage in Avoca, comes this richly layered and sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is a tapestry of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, intertwined with forest floor, mint, spice and cedar oak characters. Fine grained tannins create an opulent mouthfeel and lead to a long, lingering finish. Pure Cabernet Sauvignon in style, this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared years to come.
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Item Code: ITM7641
This blend boasts an alluring bouquet of plum, raspberry, dark chocolate and a floral lift. The palate is elegant yet intense with blackberry, plum and cassis, supported by a fine tannin structure and fresh acidity. A well-balanced wine with generous fruit expression and longevity.
Item Code: ITM4648
Aromas of violets and glazed cherries are supported by hints of cedar, cassis and forest floor. The palate enters with fine-grained tannins and is followed by notes of bright raspberries and mulberries. A wonderful expression of Margaret River Cabernet from an exceptional vintage.
Item Code: ITM4836
Rich aromatics of violet, licorice, cassis and chocolate. The palate is dense and captivating with vibrant dark fruit and violet flaovurs backed by chocolatey spice and fine tannins. Well-structured, flavoursome and exceptional length.
Item Code: ITM6655
Medium bodied and tightly wound with fine layers of oak overlaying dark and ripe Cabernet fruits. It is clearly varietal with finely polished, persistent tannins and savoury fruit sweetness on the finish. A classical Margaret River Cabernet that will reward cellaring.
Item Code: ITM7612
A powerful and intense red with generous blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit flavours. Fine tannins and cool acidity complete a harmonious wine that is excellent now but will get better with careful cellaring to 2024.
Item Code: ITM5757
Blackcurrant, earth and cedar aromas leap from the glass, while the palate shows generous notes of blackberry and cassis with minty undertones and a fresh acid line.
Item Code: ITM5581
“A powerfully built cabernet of outstanding potential. A great wine, and possibly the best yet from Cape Mentelle.” Huon Hooke
Item Code: ITM6027
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. I raved about the 2006 Château Grand Puy-Lacoste when I tasted it from barrel ten years ago. It has evolved a really quite beautiful, very classic Pauillac bouquet with vivacious blackberry, raspberry and wild mint aromas that deftly absorb the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps a more forward "GPL" than other vintages, but there is genuine fineness to the tannin and that backward finish has great precision. There is the substance to suggest that it will be a long-term Left Bank and you could probably broach it after another 3-4 years. Tasted January 2016." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4613
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's tasting and at the château, the 2006 Calon Segur was current winemaker Vincent Millet's first vintage. In many ways, you can see it as one of the last of the "old style" Calon Segur wines with a higher percentage of Merlot than nowadays (the 2006 consists of 33% Merlot), while I aver that the tannins are not as fine as they are nowadays. The Merlot component is vividly expressed on the nose with ravishing ripe red cherries, kirsch and strawberry, just slightly smudged by the alcohol. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, quite sexy in style but it does not have the class of more recent vintages and it seems to have remained tough up on the finish. It will loosen up with time, so afford this another 6-8 years in bottle. Tasted January 2016." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4616
"Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
One of the classic wines of Bordeaux and still realistically priced, Léoville-Barton is becoming increasingly popular because of the extraordinary quality/price ratio it offers." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4619
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Léoville-Barton has a surprisingly rich and opulent bouquet at first, although it calms down with aeration, offering crushed violet and black cherry scents, reminiscent of a fine Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth. Here the class begins to appear with fine balance and poise, but like the Langoa, it lacquers the mouth with tannins and feels very backward, surprising given the vintage. Cellar this for another decade, folks. Tasted January 2016." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4610
"[The wine] offers a dark ruby/plum color, nicely evolved notes of roasted herbs, sweet cherries and currants, and loamy earth, medium-weight, light to moderate tannin, and an elegant style." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4579
"A spectacular wine, and one that could have been bought for a song when it was released, this blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. Strutting all of its nobility, richness and majesty in 2014, it boasts abundant notes of cedarwood, creme de cassis, licorice and a hint of lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich, dense and fully mature, it is capable of lasting another 7-10 years. This beauty is a big-time sleeper of the vintage." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4624