Top of the tree for Coonawarra Cabernet. 97pts James Halliday and 96pts WineFront.
Vintage 2013 produced good crops and ripened late in April producing deeply flavoured fruit with fine tannins. Sourced entirely from the Dead Morris vineyard, all fruit was handpicked and 40% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is medium bodied and fine, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy tannins. This wine is complex and tightly structured, made to cellar with confidence and decant before drinking.
"Hand-picked from a single vineyard; 40% long maceration on skins, matured for 20 months in new deluxe French chateau barriques (60% new). Deeply coloured, it is the quintessence of Coonawarra cabernet, with an immensely long palate, fruit, oak and tannins all contributing. Sometimes the oak on The Tally can seem too obvious in blind tastings with other top-flight cabernets, but it's hard to see that happening here." 97pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"Bottled in December 2014. Pre-release. Looks wonderful. Thick cassis, violet, cedarwood, tobacco. Rows of muscular tannin. Length aplenty. That blend of dark fruit and bright boysenberried character as seen in the best of The Tally releases. Tremendous." 96pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront