The Chapel Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon has always been a wine I’ve admired and the 2012 continues a run of strong releases.
It smells of black currants and berries, red and purple fruits, earth, aniseed and roasted vegetables. The sweetness is sophisticated and bears no resemblance to the confected Ribena notes you often find in Cabernet. Brown leaf sits among a number of counterpoints. Slow, steady and sure pacing. Oak is significant and well-considered even if its peak drinking window is a ways off. Minerally with musclebound tannins and superior length. 93
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: June 2014