2010 Domaine A "petit a" Cabernet Sauvignon Tasmania
The colour is exceptional for a 6yo wine, as is its freshness. My comments (and points remain the same...The high percentage of merlot is intended to make this a quick-developing wine, although matured in used French barriques for 2 years, plus further time in the cellar until it is judged ready. Judged by normal standards, extremely full-bodied, but by those of Domain A, less so. And it must be said the palate borders on outright juicy, with cassis, redcurrant, mulberry and spice.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Malbec (1%), this is the second wine made from the Stoney Vineyard and it has a very attractive leaf-wrapped blueberry nose, cassis and blackberries too, really pristine. The palate has terrific clarity of fine dark crunchy fruits and delivers a very balanced wine that has gently grainy tannin texture, bright and succulent, subtle oak spice and mocha flavors. This is a beautiful take on a cooler-climate Claret-inspired style. Drink in 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(91+) A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with Merlot (35%) plus dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2010 Petit a is very deep garnet in color with a hint of purple. It opens on the nose with notes of cassis, warm blackberries and pencil shavings with hints of Chinese five spice and dried Mediterranean herbs. Medium-bodied, it coats the palate with vibrantly fruity black berry flavors and wonderful accents of baking spices, supported by ripe, grainy tannins, refreshing acidity and finishing with great length.