Crunchy and lively blended white with the white of the sauvignon blanc quite evident. Bursting with tropical character show a distinct passionfruit and citrus dominance. Clean and flavoursome palate with a fine lively acidity sustaining the finish. Tidy little wine for current drinking.
An elegantly structured medium bodied cabernet blend. Tobacco leaf and red berry on the nose. Fie chalky tannins and subtle oak supporting some nice gentle fruit characters. Lovely focus and good length through to the finish.
Amazing what a little extra time in bottle does for a wine before it is released. This still has primary fruit but it has settled down and preparing for that second phase of development. It has a subtle leathery blackcurrant character with toasty oak, dark chocolate and a trace of black olive edginess.
Saracen Estates chardonnay 2009 ($35)
This is now a mature chardonnay that’s starting to show some interesting aged characters while still retaining a degree of youthfulness. Toasty with marmalade richness on the nose. On the palate the creamy texture offers layers of complexity with the oak and fruit balance very good. A wine worth some serious attention as a mature Margaret River offering.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 4 years
Saracen Estates Maree Method Traditional 2010 ($35)
Immediately strikes on the nose with that deep toasty autolysis character. This is a sparkling wine that is drinking at its peak and showing some most impressive classic sparkling characters. Deep and penetrating palate with a complex buttery yeasty middle finished with a dry mix of savouriness and lifted citrus.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 years
Saracen Estates sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($22)
Captures the SBS style to a tee. Understated tropical and grassy fruit aromas with a clean and pure palate delivering a long satisfying palate. The little squeeze of lemon on the finish completes a highly drinkable wine.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 2 years
Saracen Estates Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2009 ($70)
Stunning wine that hardly seems to have moved since first tasted a few years ago. Showing some subtle secondary characters but it still has so far to go. The fruit however is deeply concentrated and immensely powerful albeit with an elegance and refinement. The slightly leafy with cool mint characters have started to show a little more chocolate and black olive fruit.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
Saracen Estates Reserve shiraz 2010 ($35)
Starting to reveal some attractive secondary developed qualities but still with plenty of lush spicy plum and black fruit characters on the nose. There’s a subtle savoury undertone which permeates. The palate is so beautifully seamless with a fine eave of tannin and oak. Like the fine sinewy tannins. The oak is very well handled. An excellent wine.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
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