Highbank Cabernet Blend 2013 (Coonawarra, South Australia) "...rose, plum, maraschino cherry..."
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Sourced from the vineyards in Coonawarra, the vines are hand pruned and grown without the use of chemical herbicides or insecticides. Matured in French oak for one year.
"It has been an eon since I have seen Highbank wines, and I readily forgot that they are (a) long term biodynamic/organic farmers and (b) make wine ‘naturally’ – two things that you don’t often see from Coonawarra. This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot with a splash of cabernet franc. It is the only wine they make (well, there’s a Reserve too, but the gist is the same), though you can buy it right up to 6 litre bottle size. A formidable wine of power and grace. Lavish in dark fruits, clove and cinnamon spice, whiffs of bayleaf, mahogany, dark chocolate, Chinese five spice. The wine courses through the palate with intent, deep on flavour, imperial in stout tannins and assertive as it exits long. It’s not for now, nor likely for five years, but a wine that needs a very good sleep. Superb wine full of glorious, cabernet et al architecture." - 95+ Points, Mike Bennie (Winefront)
"Medium deep colour. Fresh rose garden, plum, slight rhubarb maraschino cherry aromas. Sweet fruit, rhubarb, red cherry flavours, fine chalky tannins. Finishes al dente firm and long. Very attractive wine." - 94 points Andrew Caillard MW.
"The 2013 vintage of this wine is gorgeous: pretty, floral cabernet fruit lift, fine and supple tannins. Will age superbly well in the cellar." - Max Allen, Financial Review