Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon – McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal – McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal & 95/100 – New World Wine Awards 2021
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Full of flavour, texture and complexity. The fruit is voluptuous and full with blackberry, coco, ripe red jalapeno, plum and black olive characters. Finished with a fine bead of tannin and power enhanced by quality integrated oak.
This wine is produced from only the top 25% of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit available from the Serafino McLaren Vale vineyards. Once destemmed the grapes are fermented in small 4 tonne open fermenters. The temperature and extraction are monitored over a 7 day fermentation period. Tannin and colour extraction is achieved through regular pump overs of the fermentation cap. The wine is then pressed and allowed to finish the malolactic fermentation prior to spending up to 1 year in new and 1 year old French and American oak hogs heads."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Bold and sturdy, the wine shows blackcurrant, sweet plum, subtle tobacco, cedar and anise notes on the nose, followed by a weighty palate that’s gorgeously ripe and persistent. Wonderfully composed and classically expressed offering terrific drinking. At its best: 2034."
93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"This is very good. Again. So much fruit, such a firm hand of integrated tannin, such clear varietal character. It’s jubey, leafy, floral and persistent, not to mention exceptionally well balanced. Silver medal standard at least, and asking questions of the gold medal panel. A gentle trace of bitterness to the aftertaste maybe the only detraction. But both high quality and highly enjoyable."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"From Serafino's best vineyards, closed fermenters with pumpovers, matured for 12 months in French and American hogsheads (25% new). The varietal expression of cabernet runs strong and pure in this wine, reaffirming the symbiotic connection with place. It's medium-bodied, cassis flows freely in its veins, and the tannins are just as they should be."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, September 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Very ripe dark fruited bouquet with aromas of blackberry, black currant and Doris plums. Other aromas include charry toasty wood, dark spices, boot polish, dark violets and black sand. On the palate – dry, full-bodied and full-flavoured with fruits and spices reflecting the nose, bold flavours with ripe wood tannins and medium acidity and a core of fruit. balanced, well made and ready. Best drinking from today and through 2028."