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2011 Xabregas Estate Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon from Australia

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"This wine is a true expression of the terroir and shows the quality of the fruit grown in the Figtree vineyard. A majestically balanced wine made from 100% estate grown Cabern...

  • 92 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
  • 91 Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
  • 91 Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review ozwinereview.com
  • 90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
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92

"It worries me when a wine of this provenance is offered for $20 by the winery, especially when I can't see anything lacking. The colour is good (not great, but that can't be the reason), the bouquet attractive, the palate likewise, and if you take them in quick succession you might think there's a nice amount of French oak (but not so much that it is upsetting), the palate medium-bodied and the tannins fine (they don't have to be jagged or splintery). So, I'm left none the wiser, and must commend the wine for its great value."

91 Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

"Checked the website for a bottle image, and it says 'sold out'. Pretty sure it was only sent a little while ago. Anyway, should you find some floating about... Has a little lemon and leafy fragrance, dark fruit, touch of charry oak and choc-mint. Medium bodied, youthful with refined black fruit and some 'mineral' character, medium strength tannin, even acidity and a good finish. Quite bouncy in feel. Good to drink. Speaks of region and variety, quietly and confidently."

91 Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review ozwinereview.com

"I like Mt Barker Cabernet. Often more structural and entertaining than Shiraz, though can be a bit minty. This is a pretty classic example too. A flick of mint and just a little vegetation over archetypal blackcurrant. Palate is quite juicy after the nose. Sweet cocoa powder oak and some dark bitter tannins. Really quite substantial, gritty coffee ground tannins a highlight, finishing sweetly full."

90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

"Inky ruby. Potent scents of dark berries, cherry pit and minerals, with notes of licorice and candied flowers gaining strength with aeration. Lively, sharply focused blackberry and cherry-cola flavors are underscored by zesty minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate. The youthfully tannic finish nicely plays sweetness off minerality and lingers with good persistence. "

Product Description:

"This wine is a true expression of the terroir and shows the quality of the fruit grown in the Figtree vineyard. A majestically balanced wine made from 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon.

"The mild conditions of '11 were helped by both sunshine and moisture at the right times. A longer ripening period resulted in more structure to the wine. The was put to oak for malolactic fermentation, then transferred to a combination of new and one year old French oak for 20 months. It was fermented at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit for seven days until it was pressed off skins in a membrane press. Pressings were returned to the free run juice and the wine had no fining or partial filtration prior to bottling.

"Inky ruby. Potent scents of dark berries, cherry pit and minerals, with notes of licorice and candied flowers gaining strength with aeration. Lively, sharply focused blackberry and cherry-cola flavors are underscored by zesty minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate. The youthfully tannic finish nicely plays sweetness off minerality and lingers with good persistence." - Importer's Notes

Product Detail

Item # 88670
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Sub-Region Western Australia
Ratings

92 - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

91 - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

91 - Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review ozwinereview.com

90 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box