This super premium red pack consists of 1 bottle of each of these highly rated wines.
- Wendouree Malbec 2017 ; The Wine Front – Gary Walsh 90+ points, Malbec, I feel, is kind of the barometer wine of the Wendouree range in that it most accurately reflects the conditions of vintage. The canary in the coal mine, as it were. The Malbec (and Cab Malbec) usually my favourite.This vintage is acid over tannin, in terms of structure and while it smells good, the finish has a distinct under-ripe blackberry tartness through it. Black plum, blackberry, hedgerow, some chocolate and very slight smokiness. A good, but light and intense small berry and blackberry flavour, sheets of glassy acidity, some hardness to tannin, and that finish that’s just too hardcore for the wine as at now. It will be interesting to observe this wine’s progress over the years. Tasted: Jul 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030+
- Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2015 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5/20 – “Purplish crimson. Intense savoury perfume. Not that much sweetness on the palate; some inkiness on the end. Dry finish. Far from the most charming but a decent effort. Chewy and solid.”
- Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Blend 2016 – 96 Points – The Wine Front – Here’s a sleek wine of exquisite perfume and balance that treads lightly, but surely through the palate. Dances, even. There’s a quiet storm of graphite tannin, red and black fruits, a distinct pencil and mineral thing going on, clean fresh acidity, and a wonderfully long finish. It’s painting with water colours, to borrow a phrase, but gee it makes a beautiful picture. It’s rare to find a Cabernet with this level of poise and control. Yet again, Cullen is leading the pack.