From a single vineyard (the Landsdale) in Mount Barker, located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. 16 months maturation in old French oak barriques. Vegan friendly.
Clandestine Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Barker, 2020
Midnight panther purple. Nose of squashed ripe blackberries, boysenberry ice cream, fresh mint, baked steak & kidney pie, lipstick polish, cedar and mocha oak. Supple and slick, older French oak lets the fruit tannin do the talking: flyscreen mesh tight. Mint and blackberry/cassis dominate a fruit focused (but not driven) palate: still allows for tactile complexity rather than being jammy bomb with lingering milk choc and a little bay leaf herb and crushed salt action. Calls out for lamb steaks or slow cooked lamb (sorry vegetarians)
Rating: 18/20 (92/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Clandestine Vineyards