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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 95-97 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 95 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      Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
3 bottles      Ringbolt 21 Barriques Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
3 bottles      Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
 

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

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

Ringbolt 21 Barriques Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Richer and riper than the '11. As a result it's stunning in a different way. Eucalypt plays a leading role here but so too does beautifully ripened blackcurrant, plum and bay leaf flavours. Cedary-spicy oak has melted straight down into the fruit, and tannin is fine but ever-so-firm. We have something special here. Drink by: 2040; Price: $38.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Still bright crimson-purple; a totally delicious and stylish Bordeaux blend; the bouquet is fragrant, the medium to full-bodied palate swoops high and low with cassis, spice, bay leaf, cedary oak and beautifully detailed tannins - and only 13.5% alcohol. Drink by: 2038; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

 

 

 

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