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+ 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      Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
3 bottles      Howard Park Cellar Collection Cabernet Shiraz 2017
3 bottles      Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2019
3 bottles      Hay Shed Hill Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

 

Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The nose here is tempting to say the least – cassis, raspberry and fields of violets and sage. The palate follows obediently, the acidity being the last thing that swoops in and cleans everything up …. What a gorgeous wine. Testament to the year, the hands and the vineyards. Ridiculous price. Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Erin Larkin; James Halliday Wine Companion

Howard Park Cellar Collection Cabernet Shiraz 2017
This is tremendously appealing; the perfumed bouquet shows blackcurrant, sweet cherry, olive and vanillin oak notes, leading to a concentrated palate that’s multi-layered with rich texture and loads of delicious flavours. It’s properly structured with wonderfully integrated tannins, making it sophisticated and persistent. Now to 2031; Rating: 94 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2019
Cabernet sauvignon is the driver, percentages irrelevant; it's blackcurrant rather than cassis per se, but the tannins that might have bullied the merlot are in fact relaxed and accommodating. A budget-priced entry into the Margaret River castle of this blend, helped by the excellent vintage. Drink to: 2034; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2021; Alcohol: 13.7%; Rating: 95 Points, Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2021; James Halliday Wine Companion

Hay Shed Hill Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Dry-grown estate vineyard, 10 days open fermentation, pressed to French barriques, some new, for 18 months. Powerful, balanced wine, cabernet tannins a feature, adding to the present and future length. Bargain. Drink to: 2033; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SKU 11931
Brand StarDozen
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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