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Mike Press is according to Campbell Mattinson, “arguably the value star of Australian wine”.
Again from the Adelaide Hills, it is at once powerful yet elegant, full-fruited yet complex. In fact, the level of finesse and detail in this wine is, from my experience anyway, unseen at this price point. It’s not just a Cabernet fruit bomb - there’s structure and depth, herbs and spice. Great drinking.
As Campbell Mattinson put in his glowing 91+ point review, “This release is Mike Press cabernet sauvignon at its most elegant.” This is a must-buy for any Cabernet lover, guilt-free high-quality drinking.
What It Tastes Like
“This release is Mike Press cabernet sauvignon at its most elegant. It’s ripe but dusty, its flavours building slowly through the palate before shooting out through the finish. You’d reckon this one will cellar (very) well. It’s curranty and smoky with understated volleys of vanilla and cedarwood. Everything feels neat and tidy. It’s an excellent option for medium term cellaring.” - Campbell Mattinson
94 points. “From vines now 18 years of age in an idyllic season, matured for 16 months in French oak hogsheads, this is a wine that sings its varietal credentials in signature blackcurrant, cedar, green bean, leaf and dark chocolate. It’s tightly coiled for the long-haul, confidently laid out on a solid platform of finely-formed tannins. It has all the ingredients for greatness and, as always, begs only for time.”
- Tyson Stelzer (Tyson Stelzer's Australian and New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017)
92 points. “I never cease to be amazed at the ease with which Mike Press strides across all the main varieties in his small vineyard, and handles each wine as if it was his only wine. This is a ridiculously good cabernet at the price, with bell-clear blackcurrant fruit backlit by warm herbs and black olive, the tannins positively silky.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
91+ points. “One of the value stars of Australian wine; indeed arguably the value star of Australian wine, depending on your taste preferences.
This release is Mike Press cabernet sauvignon at its most elegant. It’s ripe but dusty, its flavours building slowly through the palate before shooting out through the finish. You’d reckon this one will cellar (very) well. It’s curranty and smoky with understated volleys of vanilla and cedarwood. Everything feels neat and tidy. It’s an excellent option for medium term cellaring.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Clone: Reynella Selection and CW44 Planted : 1998
Vineyard: Mike Press single vineyard at Lobethal in Adelaide Hills
Wood Maturation: The wine has matured for 16 months in French Oak hogsheads
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
With nearly half a century worth of experience in the Australian wine industry under his belt, Mike Press’ wines are right at the head of the pack of Australia’s best value wines. Mike produces stylish and flavour-packed wines from classic Adelaide Hills varieties like Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and rarely misses a beat. One of the absolute bargain producers in all of Australia.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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