O'Leary Walker Polish Hill Armagh Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to.
Sourced from Polish River and Armagh subregions, this wine shows blackberry and spice with mocha chocolate flavours and fine-grained tannins.
This was a great vintage in Clare and perfect for cabernet. Like the shiraz in this pairing, it’s sourced from Polish Hill River and Armagh, two famous subregions of the region. Spice and dark chocolate coat the dense concentrated blackcurrant fruit. The mix of coffee and blue fruits is distinctive. Well structured with sinewy tannins and plenty of appropriate oak. Rating: 96 Points; Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Two vineyards involved here. The fruit profile is super sweet, with blackcurrant and sweet plum flavours tumbling through the palate, but this fruit sweetness is offset by dry, dusty, herb-flecked tannin and a good degree of it. The quality of this and its sibling varietal shiraz are pretty much equal but personally I prefer this; it has a bit more breadth, and shape. Alcohol: 14%; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Like its Shiraz sibling, this is a great wine and a classic expression of Cabernet. Black plums and berries early. A little fruit sweetness makes its presence known too but that moves on. Generous but a little drying, some dried herbs and mintiness add to the happy factor. The type of wine which seems to attract bottomless glasses. Well played team O'Leary Walker. Drink to six years+; Price: $35.00; Rated: 92 Points; QWine
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