- 96 points, James Halliday
- One of Australia's finest examples of this style
- Loaded with bold, deep, rich flavour
Black Wattle Icon Mt Benson Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 x6
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA-MOUNT BENSON
Lush Lamb Shanks with Peas and Mash Potatoes.
50% new French oak for 18 months.
Very intense deep purple red.
Concentrated violets and herbs with hints of tobacco and rich blackberry characters, a light touch of mint and chocolate all combined with integrated fine toasty French oak; a very concentarted and complex bouquet.
Great depth of concentrated rich fruit with typical varietal characteristics of tobacco and tea leaf notes combined with ripe blackcurrants, the intense fruit from the nose follows through on the palate. Well structured and even tannins balanced with fine acidity and rich earthy flavours produce a very special wine of great complexity and length.
South Australia's Limestone Coast is beginning to encroach on Coonawarra's uniqueness. There is no doubt that Coonawarra is this areas most renowned but coming from behind Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Robe and Mt Benson are all proving to be worthy contenders to the heavyweight title. Wines from the relatively new Mount Benson region, in the rugged, remote south east corner of South Australia, are making a great impact with wine critics and on the international wine show circuit. The grapes awere sourced from Andrew and Melinda Murdocks state of the art vineyards. These veinyards were planted specifically to Cabernet Sauvignon as this area has the closest degree day summation statistics to Bordeaux as it is possible to find in South Australia.
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