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Perhaps the most open of the Von Strasser gang, this very rich wine is laden with loads of ripe and very well-concentrated curranty fruit, and its way is paved with unstinting oak and rich, loamy spice. Its bias to ripeness is clear all the way through, and it picks up a wee bit of heat in its moderately tannic finish. Its closing toughness is hard to ignore, but the wine never lets go of its fruit, and it will need a half-dozen years of taming before rounding into its very best shape.
Full medium ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, mint and a hint of earth on the sweet nose. Sweet, concentrated and suave, with creamy but well-defined flavors of dark berries and tobacco. This offers superb clarity and depth of fruit flavor. Finishes quite long, with suave, building tannins that avoid dryness.
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals an expansive bouquet of sweet black currants, earth, and licorice. Medium-bodied and tannic, with good structure, purity, and a Bordeaux-like profile, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 10-12.
Firm and austere, with flinty mineral, red currant, plum and black cherry fruit. Flexes its tannic muscles yet manages to still showcase the ripe fruit. Needs time or decanting.
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