2006 Whip Hand Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1045017

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-colored 2006 Whip-Hand is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Touriga Nacional, and 2.5% Petite Verdot sourced from a single vineyard and put together by winemakers Justin Lane, Hamish Maguire, and Adam Hooper. It offers up a fragrant bouquet of cedar, cigar box, violets, blackberry, and black currant. This leads to a full-bodied wine with an expansive palate loaded with succulent, layered, spicy fruit with significant complexity even at this early stage of its development. At the same time, the wine manages to remain elegant and harmonious while concealing enough structure for 5-7 years of further evolution. Drink this lengthy effort from 2013 to 2026." A more than worthy follow up to last year's wine (96 points Wine Advocate), and in my opinion perhaps better. The bouquet shows cedar, currant, and mocha with a hint of herbs. On the palate there is already a complex set of spicy flavors with very precise balance and structure with refined tannins and great length. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie Buyer)

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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.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale