Highly nuanced nose displaying an array of black fruit followed immediately by cedar, spices and new saddle leather. Densely packed with a subtle sweetness and delicate balancing acidity. The palate unfolds with black cherry, creme de cassis, mocha, anise and scorched earth. Finishes long leaving you thirsty for another glass.
Appears bright cherry red with a darker plum coloured core. The nose shows liquorice and dark fruits, toasty oak with a chocolatey rum and raisin aroma with blackcurrant and stewed plum flavours.
91 Points - Luis Gutierrez (erobertparker.com)
The 2015 Bramare Chardonnay Marchiori Vineyard was sourced from 19-year-old vines in the Marchiori Vineyard in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. The hand-harvested clusters were pressed and the juice fermented with indigenous yeasts, with spontaneous malolactic and an élevage of one year in 50/50 new and used French oak barrels. This is always a ripe Chardonnay with pit fruit and yellow flower aromas, hints of honey and beeswax. The palate is round and lush, with nice ripe fruit and very tasty flavors.
Robert Parker once called the ’02 Henry's Drive Cabernet Sauvignon “Sexy, hedonistic and Australia’s version of a hedonistic vintage of Lynch Bages” which is a powerful statement. Today, there is a typical Pauillac nose of cedar wood, pencil lead and cigar-box. Lots of new saddle leather too. The palate is very elegant, beautifully balanced with slightly dusty tannins – the texture smooth and sensuous. This is Cabernet Sauvignon which offers sophisticated drinking pleasure. Still impressive and never fails to put a smile on my face (including several Oz winemakers who have taken a bottle whilst visiting). A stupendous wine showing all the hallmarks of a mature Claret. Just a joy.
The nose initially displays an enticing mix of red and black fruits with a touch of flowers. Mulberries, ripe blackberries and juicy plum notes are very pure. Complexity is built through the layers of exotic spice that supports the fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and anise are all evident. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Footbolt with out that generous lick of d’Arenberg's earth and game.
90 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The portfolio begins with the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit for the wine is 100% estate grown with yields a modest 2 tons per acre. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in French and American oak, 26% new. Dark ruby/crimson-colored, it offers complex aromas of cedar, violets, cassis, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied and smooth-textured, the wine has layered ripe flavors, excellent concentration, and a long, seamless finish.
92-94 Points - Robert Parker
A fruit-driven, exotic, in-your-face cuvee, the 2003 Shiraz Stonehorse (which spends time in old oak) does not possess the structure found in the Old Vine The Hammer. It offers lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit as well as medium to full body, but not as much espresso roast, vanilla, or tannin as the 2002 Old Vine. This richly fruity offering sells for a song. It should drink well for a decade or more. It is a great introduction to the more seriously structured, denser Kaesler style.
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of currant, blueberry, mocha, dusty herbs and spices. Suave and seamless on the palate, offering a felicitous early balance of sweetness and salinity to its highly concentrated dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with rich, firm tannins and excellent length. Lovely wine.
91 Points - Robert Parker
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits an inky saturated purple color as well as a glorious perfume of melted chocolate, crème de cassis, cedar, and espresso. Terrific texture, low acidity, and ripe, well-integrated tannin give the overall impression of a seamless, opulent wine.