Icon Cabernet 2014
The Alkoomi Icon Blackbutt 2011 Cabernet is a masterclass of premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbc & Cabernet Franc. Lifted aromas of cassis, cedar and dried herbs present majestically on the nose.
Complex flavours of blackberry, eucalypt and blackcurrant with silken ropes of vanilla and toasted cedar wood present. It's packed with dark fruit, but soft to the touch. The long spread of flavour will encapsulate your attention.
67% cabernet sauvignon, 17% malbec and the rest is cabernet franc.
Partners in Wine WA notes: Wow, what a wine. Smooth, well rounded and soft. An absolute pleasure to drink.
Halliday Wine Companion rating system
95-96 Outstanding. Wines of gold medal standard
The more flamboyant of the three vintages I was lucky enough to taste side by side, this is a meld of cabernet (67.4%): malbec (16.8%), the rest franc. Rounder, denser, richer and altogether riper. And yet despite the higher alcohol, the fruit tones on this are arguably the more savoury, the tannins polished and managed impeccably; the overall impression, the most Bordeaux-like: leaf, bouquet garni, cassis and clove, swathed in a sage-soused tannic fold, accentuated by classy oak. Long and enveloping.