'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon, which was first vintaged in 1954, has evolved markedly over the decades. It is arguably Australia's most recognised Cabernet Sauvignon and has more than any other, helped define Coonawarra. The wine is matured in new and seasoned French oak for 12 to 18 months.
A classic Coonawarra Cabernet with pristine dark berry/ cassis aromas, fine-grained tannins and underlying savoury nuances, it develops into a rich, chocolaty wine with age. In a super vintage, this wine can look astonishingly like a 2nd or 3rd growth Bordeaux with its pure cassis aromas and cedary complexity.
Very deep, bold red/purple colour, youthful and fresh, as is the bouquet. There are intense, fresh, vibrant ripe blackberry and blackcurrant cabernet aromas galore and oak takes a back-seat. A very smart, elegant, intense and tidily-constructed cabernet. It shouts "Coonawarra."
94 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Strong choc-berry scents, sweet-ripe berry aromas, a very lush perfume, not so much luxurious as decadent. Yes, decadent is a good word. Supple and slow moving in the palate, generous sluice of chocolatey tannins, soft plummy fruit, a lick of black olive and mint nice-bitterness. Really lovely open weave tannins and sense of freshness. It’s all here, all going on. Deliciousness writ large.
93 points, The Wine Front (May 2019)
"Medium deep crimson. Fragrant blackcurrant mulberry herb garden aromas with underlying roasted chestnut/ vanilla notes. An inky textured sinuous wine with pure blackcurrant mulberry fruits, plentiful fine loose-knit chalky textures, lovely mid palate richness and underlying savoury roasted nut notes. Builds up torque at the finish with al-dente firm tannin grip, persistent dark fruits and attractive mineral length. A classical style Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon showing the elegance, generosity and power derived from a rare long growing season."
96 points, October 2019 Release
"The fruit is effortless, the tannin is sturdy, the finish is long and satisfying. Blackcurrant, violet, mint and cedar wood characters combine to form a classic whole. The reputation of Black Label cabernet precedes it but this is an excellent version. It's medium in weight but it has torque, grip and acceleration. It takes the palate on; not to mention the future."
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"This delivers a very rich, ripe impression with abundant dark-plum, chocolate and blackcurrant aromas, framed in cedar and purple-olive nuances. The palate is plush, elegant and packed with dark-fruit flavor. The tannins carry long."
93 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.