This is long and polished. A good drink to be aged with confidence and without unduly damaging your bank balance." 95pts - Ned Goodwin - Wine Companion
"This label delivers some of the keenest cabernet value in the land, and the 2017 is among the best yet. Blackberry and tobacco aromas, with some tarry, inky bass notes. It’s bright, clean and varietal yet fully ripe, with charm and complexity. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with smooth tannins. Score: 94" Ranked: #1 of 36 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia. Awarded: Top Rank & Top Value." Huon Hooke
"A maritime cabernet. Full and transparent across a bead of regional salinity; convincingly varietal, too, across the graphite, currant and bay leaf notes. Best of all, though, are the tannins: compact and nourishing. Not overworked and hard. This is long and polished. A good drink to be aged with confidence and without unduly damaging your bank balance. 95 points." Ned Goodwin. Halliday Wine Companion.
"Emerging as one of the best-value cabernets on the market (very varietal but properly ripe and elegant) this one has blackberry and tobacco aromas with some inky, tarry bass notes and a bright, medium- to full-bodied palate, with balanced tannins." 94 Points. 100 BEST New Release Australian Wines for June/July 2019/20, Gourmet Traveller WINE.
"Generous McLaren Vale cabernet that opens with inviting dark fruit, briar, tar and toasty notes. The palate is plush yet fine, with good depth, easy texture and great balance. A friendly wine of real class. Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol." Ralph Kyte-Powell
About the Winery
Maglieri Wines founder Serafino (Steve) Maglieri acquired the 'McLarens on the Lake' property in 1998. The site contains 120ha of shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Grenache. Part of the grape harvest is sold and the best material is reserved for the Serafino label.
Steve was crowned ‘Bushing King’ for best red wine in the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1979 – an honour he achieved again in 1992 and 2007. Numerous awards have followed including the Trophy for Best Shiraz and Red Wine of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge in 1997 and earning the Trophy for the most consistent Shiraz at the London International Wine Challenge after winning Gold in its class for five consecutive years.
Where this wine comes from - McLaren Vale
Just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is a red wine drinker’s haven, producing rich, velvety textured reds the state is known for. Looking over St Vincent Gulf, the maritime influence in McLaren Vale helps to keep summer temperatures down while the steady temperatures are perfect for producing balanced reds that are certainly easy on the palate. In a similar vein to the Barossa, McLaren Vale hangs its hat on Shiraz, but similarly, Grenache and Mourvèdre play a strong supporting role – perhaps outshining the star of the show on occasion! Certainly its GSM blends deserve recognition, producing seamless wines. Enjoying its Mediterranean climate, it comes as no surprise that the wines of McLaren Vale are perfect with hearty Italian dishes – ragout, pizza, or an antipasto platter – you can’t go wrong.