Bright medium red. Ripe blackberry, smoke, cederwood and cocoa. Red currants and fresh cassis, touches of cloves and juniper, fine powdery tannin, soft gentle finish.
Bottled in December 2013 and stored at 16°C for 3 years before labelling and release.
Opens with near perfect fragrant blackberry, violets, blueberry, leather, garam and precise oak cedar spice. Only the tiniest hint of maturity, otherwise, it’s a steely spine around which juicy and tart blueberry, blackberry, mulberry, violets are wrapped. The oak is still the lightest feather down cushion to settle the medium bodied, almost aloof elegance. Length, length and juicy acidity with plentiful, fine (almost imperceptible) tannins. A wine of grace, this easily stands among the top echelon of Yarra Valley Cabernet. <b>19/20</b>
"Very deep red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet shows red berry, cedar, dried herb, thyme and undergrowth nuances, really quite Bordeaux-like, the palate underpinned by rather prominent acidity. The structure is firm and lean, and borderline astringent. It could benefit from the presence of food. It is elegant and the tannins are ripe. Superb flavour and elegance. Classic traditional Yarra Valley style."<b> 95 points</b>
<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "></span>"A top of the tree wine emerges for De Bortoli from the Melba Vineyard. It’s cabernet sauvignon from older vines (for this site), sent to oak for 14 months, released with judicious age. There’s a nice, old school feel to this wine, and it feels like the kind of thing you want to give a decade or more in cellar – very much in the vin de garde style. All up, very nicely done. Steve Webber et al should be very proud of this wine.</p><p>Reserved, demure, sleek and elegant, a wine of tightly wound dark fruit, faint herb and wood spice notes, a sheath of very firm, succulent tannins. It’s bony and inwardly focused, moody with dark fruit flavours and scents, whiffs and licks of black olive and mint. Streamlined through the palate, exceptionally long and very much coiled and focused. Superb feel now, if patient in a decanter, but the best is yet to come." <b>95+ Points</b></p><p><b></b></p>