Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon reveals pronounced aromas of warm cassis and blackberry compote plus underlying black cherries, bay leaf and toasty hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of ripe, muscular black berry fruit supported by a medium level of grainy tannins, quite fresh acidity and finishing long and earthy / minerally. Delicious now, it should cellar gracefully to 2018+. 90+ Points
This inaugural vintage shows black cherry, blackberry and brambly fruit characters combined with dried fragrant herbs, violet floral notes and dusty cocoa characters. Ripe and round tannins merge with savory herb and cherry characters on the long and elegant finish.
(Note from 2008) Sourced from two different growing areas – Padthaway (83%) and Mt. Benson (17%). The cool climate of Mt. Benson lends the herbal and slightly leafy element to the wine. The grapes were macerated for five days and were separately fermented by type of juice and by parcel. The wine aged for 12 months, of which 30% matured in oak (90% French and 10% American oak). A small fraction of the best Cabernet parcels was drawn off and blended to make the Pillar Box Reserve Cabernet.