South Australia, Australia
McLaren Vale
Cabernet Sauvignon
Black core, burnt red-orange rims, clear at least through first few pours. Nail polish and peanut shells in the nose show that it's starting to unravel some, ground coffee, plum to prune and cassis fruit, unsettled and turbulent. More harmonious in the mouth, no tannin left but the sheer weight of the fruit still carries it along. Prune, date, plum, cherry fruit buttressed by caramel, molasses. Orange reduction, tart garden herbs, leather. Runs hot. Clumsy and has disintegrated quite a bit since last sampled in 2012. As a result, exaggerated and hard to focus on its more positive attributes.
87 points