Deep red/purple: an outstanding color in depth and hue. The bouquet is clean, fresh and alive, with bright black fruit and violet aromas, touches of cedar and toasty oak, the palate very deep and concentrated, with lush fruit and abundant tannins, which counter-balance the fruit and sweetness. A powerful yet elegant cabernet with a very long and distinguished future ahead of it. An outstanding, profound wine. (HH, Real Review)
*Special Value Selection* The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors.The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new).
Aromas of black licorice, black berry and rust. Hot stone. Full body, layered and juicy with loads of fresh fruit and chewy tannins. Sexy, muscular cabernet with tone and focus. Screw cap. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2022 but gorgeous now.
Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit that is wonderfully concentrated, deep and long, with impressive weight. This has elegance, great finesse and finishes gently firm.
This wine is elegant and finessed, with aromas of bright red currant, cedar, smoke, pencil lead, rose, bay leaf and baking spices. The medium-bodied palate offers tobacco and red berry flavors ensconced in ultrafine, leathery tannins. There’s oak influence, but it is well integrated with the fruit. Drink now–2028. *Editors’ Choice* (CP)
Leeuwin's 2013 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon may be the best version of this wine I've ever tasted. It manages to be ripe and rich while still being svelte and medium-bodied. Baking spices and cedar appear on the nose, but this isn't an oaky wine - those elements are just seasoning for the red and black currant fruit. A creamy note builds the mid-palate without adding excess weight, while hints of sage and bay leaf linger on the silky finish. (JC)
A bright mouthful of cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, full of energy and transparency to the notes of mineral, dried herb, toast, vanilla and dense espresso. Shows plenty of power on a velvety frame. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases imported. (MW)
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2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Black Label)