Sweetwater Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Regular price $120.00
A 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sweetwater Estate is a wine that embodies both the distinct character of its terroir and the impact of the vintage. The terra rossa soils, known for their rich mineral content and drainage properties, have undoubtedly contributed to shaping this Cabernet Sauvignon's unique expression.
In appearance, the wine likely showcases a deep, garnet color that has matured with grace over the years. The 2010 vintage, marked by its own set of climatic conditions, has lent a certain sophistication to the wine's hue, offering a visual hint at the wine's maturity and complexity.
The aroma of this Cabernet Sauvignon is a symphony of both primary and secondary characteristics. The terra rossa soils have played their part in giving rise to intense blackcurrant and possibly dark cherry notes, which are classic hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alongside these fruit-driven aromas, you find hints of cedar, tobacco, and possibly dried herbs. These secondary aromas, resulting from aging and interaction with oak, add layers of depth and complexity to the nose.
As the wine graces the palate, its maturity is more pronounced. The tannins, once firm, have softened with age, resulting in a smoother and more integrated structure. The rich fruit flavours observed on the nose carry over to the palate, joined by nuances of earthiness and perhaps even a touch of leather or cigar box, which are indicative of a well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
The finish of the wine is lingering and contemplative. The 2010 vintage's maturity has contributed to a finish that gracefully trails off, leaving a reminiscence of the wine's complex flavours.
Sweetwater Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (RRP $120)Regular price $84.00
Blackberry and jubey raspberry, cedar and tobacco, a pleasant earthiness and violet perfume. It’s medium to full-bodied, firm grainy almost gravelly tannin, something like iodine in there too, and a firm and slightly hard finish, tannin gripping as it goes.
Rated : 92 Points
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $90
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2022 – 2030+
Sweetwater Estate Shiraz 2007Regular price $120.00
95 points Halliday wine companion
91 points the wine Front
The 2007 vintage enjoyed warm summer conditions, perfect for maturing rich ripe Shiraz. The end result is generous blackberry & plum with "Hunter" savoury characters of spice and earth, balanced carefully with 60% American & 40% French oak management.
This wine has luscious primary fruit and a great tannin structure to ensure it will age gracefully and reward the patient few.
Sweetwater Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020Regular price $50.00
Nurtured in healthy red soils, is a wine that beautifully encapsulates the essence of its terroir and the characteristics of its vintage. The healthy red soils, known for their fertility and ability to provide excellent drainage, have contributed to the wine's distinctive profile.
A deep and vibrant crimson colour, hinting at the richness and concentration that the healthy red soils can bring to the grapes. The 2020 vintage, marked by its own climatic conditions, is have contributed to the wine's color intensity and overall structure.
On the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon offer an inviting bouquet of aromas that are emblematic of the grape variety. Expect to find blackcurrant, dark cherry, and possibly plum notes, reflecting the ripe fruit that the healthy red soils have helped nurture. Alongside the fruit, there are subtle spices, and cedar adding layers of complexity to the aromatic profile.
The healthy red soils' influence on the grapes would likely translate into a wine with well-defined tannins, providing a firm but not overpowering backbone. The 2020 vintage's conditions have allowed the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness, resulting in a seamless integration of fruit flavours and acidity.
The fruit-forward nature of the wine shines through on the palate, with the blackcurrant and dark cherry notes taking centre stage. The richness and depth of the healthy red soils lends a certain weight to the wine's body, contributing to a satisfying mouthfeel.
Sweetwater Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2021Regular price $70.00
A captivating and harmonious fusion of two iconic grape varieties, combined with the influence of both the specific vineyard site and the winemaker's expertise.
In appearance, the wine would likely showcase a deep, rich colour that hints at the concentration and potential complexity within. The 2021 vintage, marked by its own climatic conditions, would have shaped the wine's hue and overall character.
On the nose, this blend offers a symphony of aromas that balance the characteristics of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz component contributes intense dark fruit notes, possibly blackberries and plums, along with hints of pepper and spice. The Cabernet Sauvignon, on the other hand, brings to the blend cassis, dark cherry, and possibly even subtle herbal nuances. These aromatic elements are enhanced by the French oak, offering additional layers of vanilla, toast, and a touch of smokiness.
As the wine graces the palate its complexity and structure would shine. The skin tannins and the aging in French oak, provide a balanced framework, offering both grip and finesse. The dark fruit flavours observed on the nose might carry over to the palate, alongside the added dimension of the oak's influence.
The French oak barrels contribute to the wine's texture and complexity, integrating seamlessly with the fruit characteristics. The vanilla and toasty notes from the oak could enhance the wine's overall profile without overpowering the varietal flavours.
The finish of the wine is both lingering and satisfying. The blend's balance and structure, combined with the French oak's influence, creates a finish that resonates with a harmonious interplay of flavours and textures.