The first two vintages of Spottswoode are the only two vintages in the vertical that are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1982 was produced from the original vineyard planted on AXR1 rootstock. The production in 1982 was from only a part of the 37.4 total acres, which has been a complete vineyard since the mid-1990s. This wine -- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon -- has a dark ruby/amber edge, a Medoc-like, spicy, cedary, loamy soil and black and red currant nose that reminded me of a fully mature Saint-Julien. Nevertheless, there is plenty of fruit left and the vibrancy is there, so this wine probably has another decade at its plateau of maturity. (RP)
If not the best vintage in which to start a career as top-flight Cabernet producer, 1982 turned out to be a hit for Spottswoode early on both for the vibrancy of the wine and its impeccably balanced structure. It has matured fully into a cedary, slightly quiet wine that is still endowed with energetic acids and has taken on pine box and dried cherry notes. Its best may have passed, but it retains a delicate elegance. Two stars when first reviewed. *One Star*
Mid crimson with an evolved rim. Savoury, dusty - very complex and layered on the nose. Quite intense bouquet. Really exciting spicy nose with a little bit of chocolate. Quite delicate - needs gentle handling. The nose is at its peak while the palate may be drying out a little. But it has lasted awfully well! 17+/20 Points (LM)
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