The Château Tour de Sarrail 2009 has a beautifully defined nose of blackberry, minerals and well integrated oak but it needs patience to unite in the glass. Medium-bodied, contained, focused, with well-integrated if prominent new oak towards its long finish.
95 - 97 Points - Robert Parker
Tasting like an Australian version of a great vintage of Lynch Bages, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham reveals a dense purple color, tremendous intensity, loads of meaty, black currant fruit, and a full-bodied, fabulously endowed, opulent personality.
96 Points - Jay Miller
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most muscular and densely packed of the Cabernets. This opulent effort will evolve for a minimum of a decade and drink well through 2036.
92+ Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham offers the most saturated color. The aromatics feature Asian spices, violets, and incense along with expressive black fruits. Structured and tannic, bordering on austere on the palate, it is a muscular, brawny effort that will require 6-8 years of cellaring to become approachable.
92 Lisa Perotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of black currant juice, Provence herbs, kirsch, chocolate, espresso, pencil shavings and iron ore. Full-bodied, very crisp and rich with a high level of fine tannins, it has a long coffee laced finish. Drink it 2012 to 2018.
93 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard is sourced from 75-year-old vines. Opaque purple-colored, it is super-fragrant with an enticing bouquet of smoky oak, scorched earth, tar, black currant, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate, it has gobs of fruit as well as enough structure to evolve for a decade. It should have a 25 year lifespan and a lengthy drinking window.
Gold Perth Wine Show 2015
Gold Qantas Wine Show of WA Mt Barker 2015
Trophy & Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2015
Gold Best Cabernet Sauvignon
97 Points - James Halliday - Exceptional crimson-purple; Julian Langworthy has a rare touch, particularly with cabernet and chardonnay, an unlikely couple outside Margaret River, and even within it when Julian's wines are on show. This has the elegance and symmetry of Bordeaux in good vintages had before they were all pumped up on Parkeresque steroids.
94 Points - James Halliday
Good colour; a potent mix of blackcurrant, blackberry and bitter chocolate supported by ripe tannins and controlled oak.
The 2012 Lower East is their greatest vintage of this cuvée to date and a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot that saw 23 months in 40% new French oak. Clearly the 2012 is still a puppy, which will evolve beautifully over the course of the next 10 to 15 years. For now, we are talking about and enjoying something serious and all with that telltale deft touch of Gramercy Cellars elegance, which I have come to love. Classic pencil lead , cedarwood, red and black fruits cover the palate in an expansive layer. Tannins are polished and plush.
92 Points - Robert Parker
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a sexy, hedonistic, dark plum/purple-hued effort displaying a rich, sumptuous bouquet of cedar wood, liquorice, new saddle leather, dried herbs, and crème de cassis. This is Australia’s version of a hedonistic vintage of Lynch Bages that includes a Rhone Valley herbs de Provence note. Seductive, fleshy, and succulent.