Alkoomi Blackbutt 2008 (Frankland River, WA)
14.1%, Screwcap, $49
From the outset this ‘feels’ like a premium wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) Cabernet Franc (27%) and Malbec (24%) sourced from 40 yr old vines, the nose and palate stamped by the minty, mulberry regional stamp, everything lifted by creamy oak, yet supported by gruff tannins.
At this stage a slightly oak dominant red but dry, tannic, long and carrying a proper old vine depth to it. You can just tell that this will look even better in ten years time and live until its 30th birthday with ease. Perhaps not for the fruit sluts, but quality is assured.
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? A bottle or so in the cellar (to forget about) could be very good.
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