“… beautifully balanced with medium-bodied density, suppleness and vigour.”
Reviewed by renowned Master of Wine Andrew Caillard MW.
Seneca Vintners – 2019 Nagambie Lakes Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points
Medium deep crimson. Attractive pure blackcurrant mulberry aromas with underlying cedar, sage, peppery notes. A classical claret style with lovely fresh cassis, mulberry flavours, integrated cedar/dark chocolate notes, fine-grained/supple tannins and superb inky density. Finishes al-dente firm with plentiful dark fruits and persistent mineral length. An impressive debut vintage showing all the hallmarks of an outstanding vintage. Unmistakably cabernet sauvignon with its signature blackcurrant notes and fine-grained textures. Not a blockbuster but beautifully balanced with medium-bodied density, suppleness and vigour. Drinking well now but give it a few years bottle age to achieve its full potential.
– Andrew Cailard MW
“… it showcases just how good Victorian Cabernet Sauvignon can be.”
Reviewed by Nicole Bilson – Winepilot.
92 points – bottle price: $45 – drink: 2021-2025
This is the first release from Seneca Vintners, a collaboration between Stuart Richardson and Will Shelmerdine. With fruit sourced from a single vineyard in Nagambie Lakes, it showcases just how good Victorian Cabernet Sauvignon can be.
In the glass, it’s a bright, sparkling ruby that screams ‘drink me’. The fruit is dark and juicy – mulberries and black currants over spicy star anise. With time in the glass or a quick decant, dried violet and rose petals come to the fore.
This is gateway cabernet sauvignon – it may just convert the non-cab drinkers in your social circle, with its medium body and fine-grained tannins. It’s juicy on the palate too with some tangier red fruits alongside luxuriously slow-cooked quinces and a hint of peppery tomato leaf on the finish. Pair it with a hearty minestrone- perfect winter drinking.
– Nicole Bilson