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 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
A delicate array of blackberry, plum, cassis and violet aromas with hints of spice and mint. Richly rounded with mouth-filling fruit flavours followed by a fleshy but firm texture and toasty oak. Great length on the finish, ensure this is a wine of persistent satisfaction.
Item Code: ITM6682
Aromas of ripe blackcurrant and cherries on the
nose with nuances of vanillin spice. Lush fruit
flavours are present on the palate backed by
well-integrated oak and firm tannins that lead to a
Item Code: ITM2441
A classic Margaret River Cabernet with layers of complexity. Fragrant aromas of blackberry and chocolate with briary notes move onto a plush palate of forest fruits and cedary oak. Fine-grained tannins add structure and depth, guiding the wine to a lengthy and satisfying finish.
Item Code: ITM4701
Yarra Valley Cabernet … wait, what? Until the fashion for Pinot took hold, the Yarra was renowned for its finely structured Cabernets and this is as good an example as you will find. Classic pencil shavings and tobacco meet chocolate and berries, wrapped in firm but approachable tannins. A brilliant release.
Item Code: ITM6585
A generous blend with a bit of Cabernet Franc in the mix. It’s elegant and juicy with a soft core of spicy red and black fruits. Delicious drinking now but will reward further with time.
Item Code: ITM5433
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
Powerful yet elegant with ripe blackcurrant and dark chocolate flavours underpinned by notes of liquorice, vanilla, earth and spice. Firm tannins frame the palate and contribute to an effortlessly lengthy finish. A great future awaits.
Item Code: 29832
Sourced from vines planted in 1944, this wine reveals a lifted bouquet of ripe red fruits, dark chocolate and mint. Ribbons of cassis, blackcurrant and boysenberry fill the mouth, while notes of sawdust and liquorice linger in the background. Firm tannins and balanced French oak nuances complete the picture, providing structure, complexity and length.
Item Code: ITM5027
This wine has the perfect balance of power and elegance. Sweet, bright red berries fuse with structural vanillin oak and fine, silky tannins to create a unified wine. A long and rewarding future awaits.
Item Code: ITM5435
"This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when it’s time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind. The 2004 is a classic Léoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge from this impressive, but oh, so backward wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." Robert Parker
Item Code: ITM4622
"It’s a beauty. It’s perfectly put together. It’s rich with berried fruit flavour and grunty with tannin; both at appropriate levels, both seductive in their own way. Minted, foresty berries with chocolate and woodspice characters. Maybe some herbs. It all just flows, it all just works. And it lingers. It’s made to last/cellar but it’s so well balanced, and so juicy with fruit, that it can be enjoyed now." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6578
"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
"[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