This is a thoroughly gorgeous example of straight malbec off this excellent vineyard in Margaret River. There’s plenty of punch and grunt in the middle palate but there is a delightful floral lift on the nose and a silky smooth palate. Fine sinewy and slightly chalky tannins. The oak is expertly integrated. Really well made wine.
Another excellent cabernet from this excellent producer. Notes of leafy tobacco and black olive with deeper blackcurrant on the nose. lightly savory with some nice cedary lifts. The tannins have a degree of assertiveness and the oak is tightly help. A little more time to emerge from its shell will be the ticket.
Knotting Hill cabernet malbec 2014 ($28)
A neat combination of these two varieties which work so well together. Aromas of black fruits with dark chocolate and black olive nuances plus a little toasty oak. The palate is firm and a little assertive through the middle but there is stacks of flavour and presence through to a sustained finish.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 6 years
Knotting Hill Jack Gordon cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($48)
This is a new wine named in honour of two pioneers in Jack Gould and Gordon Swift. Clearly one of the best wines yet released from Knotting Hill and showing the benefits of a mature vineyard and careful fruit selection. It’s been handled in small batches and given kid glove treatment. Sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose with some really well-managed oak and tannins. Elegant and effortless.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 12 years
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