2003 Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5%


We tried this back in March and noted the pepper spice, blackcurrent, and smoky, dusty characters on the nose. The palate was prominent blackcurrent, sweet berry fruit, earth and sweet oak in great balance. There was concentration, power, supple tannins and a long finish.
I’ve just tried another bottle and am even more impressed. Noticeable now is all of the above plus the addition of chocolate/licorice on the nose and also the palate. The French oak is beautifully evident and the tannins are supple and ripe. This is going to be some sort of wine.
It needs to be noted that some of the corks are a worry in this wine and a previous one was not good. The cork from this bottle was perfect and not surprisingly, the wine is pristine and wonderful.
I’ve just noticed that James Halliday gives this equal top points (96) for Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2007 edition of his ‘Australian Wine Companion’. It’s worth checking prices of the other wines at the top of this category, and you will see that this looks more and more like a bargain.
There are any number of expensive Aussie reds that are all about bigness, and a somewhat nervous wait to see when and if they will be ready to drink some years ahead.
This wine epitomises the saying ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’. It has power and refinement and is a pure joy to drink right now and will likely continue to improve in the cellar for at least 10 more years. I’m putting this down as one of the best wines I’ve enjoyed this year.

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