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2018 Richardson Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Door
$60.00
Club
$45.00
Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Shiraz
Vintage
2018
Country
Australia
Region
Pyrenees
Alcohol
14.4%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2021 - 2035

Description

RRP: $72.00
CELLAR DOOR: $60.00
WINE CLUB: $45.00

The Blue Pyrenees Richardson series of wines are only produced in highly regarded vintages & are dedicated to the late Colin Richardson, a larger than life character who lived, breathed & loved wine. As fine wine director of Blue Pyrenees, national wine judge & educator he never stopped espousing the virtue of wine, to anyone who cared to listen.

Eyes

Deep ruby red.

Nose

Distinctly Cabernet Sauvignon with blackberry fruit, violet, seaweed / beach notes plus cedary French oak support.

Mouth

The blackcurrant, iodine, green olive and choc mint flavours are all fruit derived but they have been crafted into a wine of great power by full extraction of colour, flavours, and tannins from the grapes. The integration of all these flavours in French oak also adds to the structure and tannin, creating a long savoury aftertaste.

Winemaking Notes

The Richardson Series of wines are produced only in great vintages, from the most characterful batches of grapes, identified by the Blue Pyrenees winemakers, as having the potential to make an iconic red wine, as a tribute to the late Colin Richardson, himself a larger than life character. These wines are vinified and matured separately before confirmation of suitability to be called “Richardson” then preparation for bottling.
The 2017 / 2018 growing season provided below average winter, spring & summer rains, meaning reduced crop levels, but concentrated fruit flavours, before a warm dry autumn allowed the grapes to easily reach optimum maturity. Vinification included cold soaking pre-ferment, a 5 day warm ferment , then 2 weeks extended maceration on skins. Secondary fermentation occurred in oak, before 18 months maturation in both new and 2 year old French oak barriques ensured complexity, smoothness and integration of all flavour components.

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Reviews

John Rozentals
The Local Paper - Professional

A strong, powerful wine befitting the memory of a strong, powerful person.
Lacking regional mintiness but with oodles of other cabernet flavours such as delightful touches of cigar-box. Enjoy with lamb fillets if you can afford them, otherwise with lamb chops.

Huon Hooke
The Real Review - Professional

Deep red with a good tinge of purple in the colour. Intense black fruit aromas, cassis and blackberry, mulberry and nice balance of subtly smoky oak. The wine is savoury and drying, the palate full-bodied and very cabernet, at the same time full of fruit and richness, soft-textured tannins and seamless carry, through to a long finish. Very good indeed.
2022-2035

93

Steve Leszczynski
Qwine - Professional

June 12, 2020 14:00

The flagship of the Blue Pyrenees range, this Cabernet is certainly youthful.
It’s a wine that needs a lie down – you won’t see it at its best for a while yet. Scents of dried thyme, camphor, mint, blackberries and black earth pique my interest early. Time in the glass sees plummy fruit lurch forward laced with touches of cedar.
Members are rewarded handsomely paying only $45 – a severe discount compared to the RRP. Stick this in a dark place and I’m confident you’ll see the caterpillar transform into a butterfly in years to come.

91

Jeremy Oliver
Jeremy Oliver - Professional

An elegant, deeply layered and seamless cabernet whose faintly minty perfume of cassis, dark plums, cedar/cigarboxy oak and dark chocolates is lifted by scents of violets and dried herbs. Long and evenly paced, its plump, brightly lit core of dark fruit knits tightly with fine-grained oak and dusty, but genuinely firm tannins, extending with shape and style towards a lingering finish.

93

Jeni Port
Wine Pilot - Professional

The 2018 Cabernet is all sweet fruit and juicy, like blackberry pie oozing with charm but there’s also another side to the wine; one that is fine-textured and aromatic with ripe tannins. Spice? Of course, this is Western Victorian fruit, after all. There’s clove and aniseed and that gentle riff of menthol on the finish is pure Pyrenees.
Balance, that’s a good word and one Colin used a lot. Yes, the 2018 Cabernet has balance.
2020-2035

95

Campbell Mattinson
The Winefront - Professional

There’s both a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon under the Richardson label; this is the former
Lots of sweet, ripe, red-berried fruit and lots of fine, dusty tannin. It’s been built for the long haul but the wine’s sweet, red licorice-like flavours are great to tuck into even now. Resist. This wine needs quite some time to show at its very best. Mostly what it needs from this time is the chance to build greater complexity.

92

Regan Drew
Vinonotebook - Professional

Complex and layered: Bay leaf, brine, black currant, warm blackberry jus, choc-mint biscuit, woody pencil shaving with bitter iodine flecks, “Bourneville” powdered chocolate and earthy clay. Finely structured with an almost austere, precise palate. There’s a stillness and a calmness to the wine that wonderfully balances Cabernet’s sweet and savoury facets. A lingering cool mint finish over the tight grain superfine tannin leads to a refined wine.
 

94

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