Pirramimma Ironstone Basket Weave Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for over 126 years and is now in the capable hands of Geoff Johnston, a winemaking graduate of Charles Sturt University, grandson of the winery’s founder.
This full bodied Cabernet shows blackberry, blueberry, mint julep, rosemary and ripe red capsicum on the bouquet, with hints of cedar and toasted almond from the oak. The powerful intense palate delivers, blackcurrant, bramble, black olive, tobacco and red currants, enhanced by tinges of celery seed and lemony oak, all enveloped by front forward tannins, that balance and control the ripe fruit.
Opulent and substantial, the wine shows blackberry, sweet cherry, vanillin oak, tobacco and smoked game notes on the nose, leading to a palate exhibiting outstanding concentration and depth. It’s plush and sumptuous, and properly structured by loads of grainy tannins, finishing magnificently long and engaging. Tasted: March 2021; Price: $70.00; At its best: Now to 2036. Rating: 96 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
The flavours are a little baked, but there's a density to this that is undeniable. Asphalt, blackberry, saltbush and choc-mint flavours are laid on thick, as indeed are thick ropes of kirsch-soaked tannin. Alcohol warmth distracts on the finish but the palate offers pure hedonism at its most concentrated. Drink to: 2034; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: March 2019; Alcohol: 14.8%; Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; James Halliday Wine Companion
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