Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red - 91+pts
Availability: Direct from winery. Released in October
Production: 335 cases
Date Tasted: September
Tasting Notes: Reading the stats for the wine I was a bit apprehensive about the 15% alcohol content, fearing that the wine would be too hot and out of balance. Boy, was I wrong. The alcohol mingles effortlessly with the concentrated fruit flavours which mask its effect. This wine is very well balanced and chalk-full of character.
A Bordeaux-style blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon with equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The intense nose offers classic Meritage aromas of cassis, dark berries, dark chocolate, toasted oak and licorice with aromatic perfumed notes (thank you Cabernet Franc). The dry palate offers an echo of sweetness from the concentrated dark fruit and toasted oak flavours. Plum, vanilla and a lingering spice compliment and add complexity. The tannins are round and well integrated, framing the fruit flavours nicely.
A New World wine in style and character of the feminine variety. It's a beautiful wine. Drinking well now but a touch of further development is possible despite the Stelvin enclosure. 2010-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010
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