Hentley Farm Von Kasper Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Barossa, Australia (750ml)
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|| Grapes:||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|| Type:||Dry Red|
|| Region:||Barossa Valley|
|| Ratings:||JH 97|
| 97 pts, James Halliday: "Great Barossan cabernets come from rare and special sites... Sites where the land is flat, the air is cool, the soils are deep and the vines are protected from the afternoon sun, just like the one on which the fruit for the von Kasper is grown. True to both region and varietal, the von Kasper displays the intense fruit expected from the Barossa, with the essential underlying herbaceousness of the cabernet.
Acknowledges the foresight of Otto Kasper in choosing a site on the banks of Greenock Creek in 1997, its deep soils protected from the afternoon sun; 21 months in French oak has barely touched the sides of what is a monumental cabernet, the depth of its flavour mosaic of cassis, black olive, sage and earth almost indescribable. The one thing the wine presently lacks is time to recover from bottle shock and lie dormant for not less than 3 years, preferably 5, its life thereafter anyone's guess." (Published on 26 Jul 2014)