Medium red. Slightly roasted, balsamic aromas and flavors of chocolate, licorice, cedar and leather are quite evolved but are lifted by a floral element. Delivers attractive vinosity and energy but this rather ungiving wine seems to be thinning out. (ST)
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)
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)
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