2010 Henry's Drive "Pillar Box Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway (Elsewhere $20+)

SKU #1165663 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This shows much more refined tannins than the 2009 vintage of this wine. Lively cassis fruit is cushioned by toasty, cedary oak and vanilla shadings, while the overall feel is lush and velvety, particularly on the long, supple finish.  (9/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 90+ points: Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon reveals pronounced aromas of warm cassis and blackberry compote plus underlying black cherries, bay leaf and toasty hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of ripe, muscular black berry fruit supported by a medium level of grainy tannins, quite fresh acidity and finishing long and earthy / minerally. Delicious now, it should cellar gracefully to 2018+.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

An exceptional value in dark, juicy, full-bodied, easy drinking Cab. Hand-selected from some of the best parcels on the estate and given extra care and attention by skilled winemaker Renae Hirsch. The Reserve Cabernet has bramble and dark cherry aromas, along with dusty cocoa, warm spices and hints of crushed mint. An attractive and true varietal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from Padthaway. The palate begins with dark berry fruit and earthy tobacco leaf characters which are layered over cedar spice and leathery tones. Subtle oak gives complexity, the wine is well-structured and has smooth, fine tannins. This wine from the excellent 2010 vintage is a great way to get your fix of big powerful Cabernet without breaking the bank!

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2014 | Send Email
The Pillar Box Red was a standout value from the beginning, which was about 10 years ago. They now do reserve bottlings of Shiraz and Cabernet as well. I ran into Kim Longbottom, the owner of Henry's Drive where this wine is part of that portfolio last year in Australia, and could taste a shift in style coming on. There is more freshness and balance and less extraction and wood to be found. In doing this, I think they have also found a greater expression of their location in Padthaway on the Limestone Coast. The bouquet shows notes of dark plum, red currant, brambly boysenberry, iron, spice and a hint of tobacco leaf. On the palate there are fine supple tannins with a dusting of cocoa powder on the back end, with a elegant and balanced finish with good length. A fine Cabernet value.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2014 | Send Email
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Really exceptional Cabernet at this price. Lashings of dark blue and black fruits, a lovely cedar spice and a touch of pipe tobacco. The ripe tannins are fine and silky giving good texture whilst remaining supple and juicy on the palate. This is a great wine for grilled meats but equally drinkable when you just want a big glass of full-bodied Cab. Drink up!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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