New oak barrel and new '13 Phoenix oak, French oak' is the information given by Penley, plus 'time sent on oak: 15 months', then 'The new French oak is minimal, but discernible'. So there you have it - except that the wine does have a future. Rating 89 - Drink by 2028, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2015).
Medium garnet/purple, the 2013 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of red currant jelly, crushed blackcurrants and black cherries with accents of cedar, tobacco leaves and dried herbs with a hint of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied and showing decent concentration, the palate is framed by chewy tannins and a medium to long finish. Rating 88 - Drink by 2015, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (AUG/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour is vibrant with good depth in the glass and reddish hues.
The aroma is strong with red berry notes with complex black currant leafiness on the bouquet, giving the wine a fresh aroma. The subtle balanced oak imparting a spicy savouriness to the aroma.
The 2013 Phoenix is a medium bodied wine, with firm and fine tannins that are integrated into the wine creating a very smooth and harmonious texture. Very linear with rustic flavours and great balance. The natural acidity adds some delicate chalkiness and earthiness to the wine which leads to a firm and dry finish.
Enjoy with rib eye steak cooked medium rare preferably still on the bone.
The new French oak is minimal but discernible. The small amount of wood tannin and fruit flavours will aid maturation if required. Best enjoyed for next 1 to 5 years.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards - 2015 "Best Value"
Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards - 2015