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Where once Coonawarra was the undisputed king of Australian Cabernet, in the past two decades, Margaret River has not only made significant ground in claiming that title but surely now made it its own. With a climate not dissimilar to that of Bordeaux the final piece of the jigsaw - price - now allows us to bring 94-96 Point rated wines at more than reasonable prices. Not only does our StarDozen serve to highlight the exceptional quality and value here but also the remarkably consistently excellent recent vintages that Eastern Australia could only wish for. This collection features 3 bottles each from 4 renowned Margaret River producers with a whopping 94 Points or better from Australia's leading wine critics.

The StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles      Evans & Tate Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
3 bottles      Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015
3 bottles      Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
3 bottles      Deep Woods Cabernet Merlot 2015
 

Evans & Tate Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
In tiptop form. Classic cabernet flavours and structure. Blackcurrant, gravel, lead pencil/chocolate, smoky tobacco and bay leaf. Flows more or less effortlessly through the mouth but the undertow of tannin is not insignificant, no matter how deeply sunk into the fruit it is. Persistent more than passes the test. Ticks all the way along the line. Drink to: 2032; Alcohol: 13.9%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015
51% cabernet sauvignon, 43% erlot, 5 % malbec and 1% petit verdot. It has all the hallmarks of the warmer part of Margaret River, flavour building relatively early and substained throughout the length of the palate. Juicy casis is the cornerstone, but there are notes of dried herbs, black olive and oak adding complexity and length.  Drink by: 2029; Price: $28.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
91% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec, 4% petit verdot, crushed and destemmed, static and open fermenters, 33% undergoing post-ferment maceration for 4 weeks, matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new) before blending. One of six '14 Xanadu cabernets, you really need to keep your wits about you. Great colour is no surprise, nor is the majesty of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard, part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit. Drink to: 2040; Price: $37.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

Deep Woods Cabernet Merlot 2015
78% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 4% petit verdot matured for 18 months in French oak (30% new). An immaculately bred and raised wine, transparently displaying its cassis and bay leaf fruit, its quality French oak and its superfine tannins on its medium-bodied palate. The balance is such that it can be enjoyed now. Screwcap; Drink to: 2025; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

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