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Hesketh Wines

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Made in a bright fruit-driven style, this Cabernet is fit and ready to go. The decision to use predominantly older French oak hogsheads has left the tannins soft and supple, and accentuated the ripe fruit notes producing a wine with vibrancy and depth.


Vintages and Tasting notes

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Wine Press and Accolades

90 points - Ralph Kyte-Powell - Good Food – Nov 2018

Coonawarra cabernet is an Australian classic, and this version combines true regional identity with a good price. It’s lightly minty and fresh, with a core of blackcurrant fruit seasoned by threads of cedary oak. Medium-bodied and succulent, it has a balanced backbone of fine tannins. Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol. Ageing? Drink over six years.

90 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – Sep 2018

A medium-bodied wine with intense primary fruit. Abundant cherry and mulberry notes with a little vanilla. The acidity is gently-structured with papery tannin on the finish. Either cellar for a year or two, or serve with hearty food. Great value. 

91 points - Huon Hooke – Jul 2018

Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is complex and cedary, savoury, with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours abounding. Stylish oak handling. Fine, firm tannins in abundance. This is a surprisingly serious cabernet for the price, and top value.

95 points - Kim Brebach - BWU$20 – Jun 2018

Cool Coonawarra Cabernet in a big envelope. Rich dark berry fruit and polished oak, everything wrapped up neatly here, lots of appeal already and will improve with another year or three. BUY.

90 Points – James Halliday - Wine Companion Online – Feb 2016

“Market times are tough when a Coonawarra cabernet of this quality has a price of $19. It is on the full side of medium-bodied, with cassis fruit to the fore, a hint of bay leaf and unusually soft tannins. Arguably at its best now, but won’t fall over quickly.”

93 Points – Tony Keys - The Key Review of Wine – Jan 2016

“AS Coonawarra as Coonawarra can only be. 93 points and outstanding value at just $18.”

91 Points – Kim Brebach - BWU$20 – Nov 2015

“Classic cool Coonawarra Cabernet, fruit-driven, smooth drinking,, good length. Opened up and improved over a couple of days. The website says it’s made to be drunk now, but I reckon it’ll get better over the next year or three. 91 points. BUY. ”

91 Points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – Sep 2015

“Grown on Coonawarra terra rossa soil and matured in (older) French oak. The longer I sat with this the more I liked it. This is pretty spiffy for the asking price. It tastes of blackcurrant, boysenberry and bay leaves and stretches long and dry through the finish. An whisper of vanillin oak adds to the wine’s welcoming natural. You can drink this now, or you can age this medium term; it will perform well either way.”

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