2016 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon

A concentrated and mouth-filling Cabernet from one of the gems of Victoria's Henty region
4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews

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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.

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.

Region: Henty, VIC
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV: 14%
Closure: 750ml
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91 Points - "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)

90 Points - "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)

Customer Reviews

4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 2 reviews
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2 reviews
  • VT
    Vladimir T.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    2020 Crawford River Cabernets
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    2020 Crawford River Cabernets
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Refined and Easy to Drink despite relatively young age

    Young cabernet like this has no business being so good.

    Fragrant, with earth and spicy notes. Easy to drink with fine tannins and low acidity.

  • CH
    Christopher H.
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    1 year ago
    2016 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon
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    2016 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    V good

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

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Crawford River

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 - Henty, VIC Crawford River

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