Brand & Sons Family Reserve Cabernets 2016

A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot, this is a superbly crafted example of a Bordeaux blend from Coonawarra. ‘Family Reserve’ was once just that, reserved for family and close friends. This blend is compelling evidence that, on occasion, the sum of the total is greater than anything one gets from the individual components. 

Deep red. Gorgeously plush nose. Alluring. There are gamey notes here, florals, chocolate, dry herbs, dark berries, tobacco leaf. Oak is also present but there is lovely integration. Seamless. This wine has a softer structure than many Coonawarra Cabs, but there is no problem at all with that. Fine silky tannins. Excellent length. It offers a good decade or more potential for well cellared bottles. Love this.

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