2016 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon

Henty, VIC

A concentrated and mouth-filling Cabernet from one of the gems of Victoria's Henty region



Rated 4.0 stars
1 Review
A flowing, lush red... It will titillate many for its impact.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

The Henty region of Victoria is one of mainland Australia's coldest region. Therefore, you might expect that it would be difficult to sufficiently ripen Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly as parts of it are much further south than areas such as Coonawarra. However, the truth is that it's capable of producing some really concentrated, full-bodied reds without a hint of greenness, as exemplified by Crawford River.

In certain years, the Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe and powerful beast, yet with lashings of elegance and sufficient acid from the cool nights. The fruit leans towards the dark spectrum, with added notes of graphite, cedar and bay leaves. Can be drunk now or will become even more magical after more time in bottle.

About The Producer

Crawford River is very much a family operation. The talented Thomson clan have been producing wine from their beautiful home vineyard since 1985.

The Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc thrive on the estate, but it's Riesling that they are most famous for.

They produce a range of styles of varying ages that are outstanding. Many consider them as one of the country's premier producers of the noble variety.

These are wines of purity and elegance. Small-batch, family-owned, traditional winemaking and good, honest farming is at the core of everything Crawford River does.

Belinda and John Thomson
Belinda and John Thomson
Henty, VIC
Additional Info

From the Producer

There is a beautiful dark fruit spectrum to this wine, starting with blood plum and moving through to liquorice and cassis. The palate offers great complexity, weight and texture. It delivers dark fruits, as seen on the nose, while unravelling to display more complex flavours of dried florals, graphite, cedar and bay leaf. The concentration of the year is evident throughout the wine, with the natural acidity lending definition and finishing with terrific persistence. Diam closure.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Belinda Thomson and her crew
Belinda Thomson and her crew
Henty, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"This one is rich and full, a wine with dark fruit and prune/nut/raisin notes amongst plum, brined black olive and leafy, minty herbal notes. Palate and perfume match well here. A flowing, lush red with soft tannin, bright acidity and a sense of dried, stewed fruit in tow. A sense of maturity is part of this wine’s DNA. It’s a bolder, fuller red and gives drinkers a window into generosity from that site. It will titillate many for its impact." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Deep colour with a brick-red tint in the rim. The bouquet is pungently briary, sappy and with echoes of tamarillo and potting mix, some oak evident, while the palate is tense and edgy with a slight leanness and lack of ripe-fruit sweetness. This is more like an old-style luncheon claret than a Mod Oz cabernet" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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    Black fruits, dried herbs, touch mossy but great rib eye compliment.

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