Clarendon Hills Sandown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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Clarendon Hills Sandown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

SKU 18


Deep and meaty in its expression - a fleshy and red cedar-like undertone lines the typically velvety texture. Lifted and fresh, this cuvee requires a minimum of 5 years before it starts to soften fully and develop a candid exuberance that defines a dark fruit bias with cabernet lift.
Category Red Wine
Region Australia, South Australia, Clarendon
Brand Clarendon Hills
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Wine AdvocateStrutting its stuff at present, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard (made from 75-year-old vines) is Bratasiuk's St.-Emilion from McLaren Vale. A wonderfully rich, packed and stacked, dense purple-colored wine, it offers up scents of fruitcake, creme de cassis, underbrush, cedar, and spice box. Full, rich, and powerful, displaying even more potential and intensity than it did last year, this beauty can be approached now, but it won't hit its stride for another 3-4 years. It should last for two decades.

Robert Parker, October 2005
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Wine EnthusiastThis wine's flavors have a cooler-climate profile to them-think red and black cherry, rather than cassis or plum fruit. Blueberry and bread flour steps in midpalate, and march on through the long finish. Lifted, tight and very pretty.

Daryna Tobey, August 1, 2005
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Wine SpectatorTangy, with red pepper and mineral notes, this has extra dimensions to go with the ripe black fruit character, finishing with a bit of grip. Needs cellaring. Best from 2007 through 2012.

Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2005