Yeringberg Cabernets 2016

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Merlot 10%, Petit Verdot 9%, Malbec 7%. A wine that's always more than the sum of its parts, and one that continues as a flag bearer for the merits of blending. Perhaps it's the vintage, but all of this year's reds seem to unfurl slowly, before emerging to show the generosity and structure that is an inherent character of the year. Deeply fruited, with aromas of blackcurrant, blood plum, violet and clove, the nose also has notes of tapenade, cacao, graphite and cigar box. There's nothing showy here and not an eyelash out of place - it's grown up, sophisticated, a perfectly pressed suit. The palate has an effortless quality to it - a tightrope walk of weightlessness, energy and palate staining intensity that somehow manages to avoid being a contradiction. A really lovely wine that can, as usual, be drunk with pleasure now or tucked away for 10-15 years. SANDRA DE PURY

A very floral blend that has Bordeaux written all over it. It shows red plums, redcurrants, blackcurrants, cedar, tobacco, fresh herbs and roses. The palate shows resounding freshness and purity. Although this isn't the biggest of wines, it certainly does well to make up for it with pristinely crafted tannins, razor-sharp acidity and a juicy finish. Drink in 2024. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Screw cap. 94 points. JAMES SUCKLING