It’s the Clare bush perfume of eucalyptus, aniseed and the like, along with fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, cedar and dusty earth. It often smells like a dry Australian forest after the rain has hit – petrichor – and equally evocative it is too. Medium bodied, firm and bony, kind of tense, but with a sweet redcurrant and blackcurrant small-berried intensity, the crunch of acidity and firm ropes of tannin, and a finish that’s intense and phenomenally long, tinged with bush perfume and the promise of forgiveness, given a couple of decades. It’s a very fine Cabernet. Unapologetically Australian, individual and magnificent.
96 points, The Wine Front (August 2017)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.