Beautifully crafted and delineated cassis fruit, framed by gently toasty oak and some floral notes; the palate is rich, deep, fine and very long; the brightness of fruit at the core is the essence of this wine. 96 points, James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au).
From the best portions of two estate vineyards, and given 20 months maturation in new French oak. Beautifully delineated cassis fruit is framed by gently toasty oak and some floral notes; the palate is rich, deep, fine and very long; the brightness of fruit at the core is the essence of this wine, as is its harmony and balance. Drink 2011-2021. 96 points, James Halliday (Top 100, 2008).
Deep red purple. New oak shows, giving a toasty, smoky, cedary aroma. Palate very tight, with a firm tannin handshake. Solid and elegant... Terrific richness and intensity, concentration and yet elegance. Nothing overdone… Top wine with tremendous potential. 95 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com).
The Tally has really asserted its position at the top tier of Coonawarra Cabernets. Cloaked in plenty of new French oak, it's a cedary, regal Cabernet, the blackcurrant and dark berry fruit soaks the wood up fast. Terrific density and palate structure, deep and intense, it rolls smoothly from start to finish. Swanky… Cabernet at its finest. 96 points, Nick Stock (Good Australian Wine Guide).
A huge wine flooded with cassis, blackberry and raspberry fruit, a liberal application of complex oak offering toast, cedar, spice, nougat and play-doh with additional characters of black licorice, mint and a few violets just poking their heads above the surface. It’s full-bodied with enormous extract and flavour, dense and brooding with a big spread of chalky tannin and extreme length of flavour. A powerhouse… 95 points, Gary Walsh (winefront.com.au).
Careful fruit and oak selection make this dense and dark, perfumed with complex blackberry fruit, full bodied and firm-finishing. Needs years. 92 points, Rob Geddes, MW (Australian Wine Vintages).
Very ripe, sweet, dark, brooding intense black fruits nose. The palate is rich, bold and intense with lovely depth to the pure blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Big but delicious with great definition and depth. A superb, sweetly-fruited, powerful, structured wine. 94 points, Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak, UK).
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.