2013 Tahbilk Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Nagambie Lakes Victoria (Elsewhere $20+)

SKU #1308823 94 points James Halliday

 Excellent crimson-purple hue; herb and bay leaf announce their presence on the bouquet, blackcurrant quickly following and taking control on the palate. A very successful Tahbilk Cabernet.  (11/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Intense and concentrated, with black walnut overtones and firm, espresso-tinged tannins complementing a mix of savory notes and underbrush and plum flavors. Complex and harmonious on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2026. (MW)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2017 | Send Email
What's not to like here!? This is a stunning bottle of Cabernet, ticking all the boxes for the varietal, made by a great producer with a heritage going back centuries and it has a price tag of under $15! Dark blue/black fruit, rich, med-full-bodied texture, refined tannins give the wine great shape and length on the palate. Some leafy tobacco notes add intrigue as does the perfectly judged oak. This is a seriously polished, classy wine for sub-$20...and at our current pricing this is just ridiculous.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
I cannot stress enough the incredible value I think this Cab is for the price it is listed at. It is a legit Cab Sauv with soft oak notes and rich fruit. The tannins are subtle, but the complexity is there, detailing the experienced winemaking, as this is a hard balance to hit. This Cab tastes as though it has aged for years as it holds the complexity I look for with the softness of long-lasting wine. This producer should be on your radar if it's not already.
Top Value!

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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.
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Australia

- 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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Victoria