Heirloom Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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The grapes were sorted by the bunch before naturally fermenting in open vats. Basket pressing and then into oak barriques, including 30% new American. The colour here is a dark forbidding purple. As one might expect from Cabernet from this traditionally great region, this is serious stuff. Intense, coiled power and a formal structure. Notes of black fruits, leather, tar, mint, cigar boxes, dried herbs and black olives. There is mouth-puckering grip and firm tannins. Good length too, and punch. For me, this is simply not ready as yet. Cellar a case for five or six years and you will be amply rewarded. For me, there is room for serious improvement (which sounds like all my old report cards) and when that happens, expect the rating to climb.

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