This is just ballistically good. If this was made by Penfolds they’d charge you 500 bucks for it. It has might and power but it’s not over the top; fruit-wise it’s ‘only’ medium in weight and, indeed, it boasts both an elegance and a fruit freshness. But my oh my, what a swagger of tannin, what an infusion of fragrant shrubbery, what commanding length. Oak, smoky and cedar-like, plays a key role but safe to say, the wine is up to it and then some. Roll me in a river of this. Smoked tobacco. Old dry bay leaves. Fresh redcurrant, into black. This is a cabernet. Drink 2024-2040+, 96+ Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Stunningly crafted example of McLaren Cabernet. Layered, expansive wine with a luscious dark berry center. Has that characteristic Hickinbotham lift to the mid palate that powers through to a savory close. Oak has been very well handled and is integrated seamlessly into the wine. Its robust and regimented, a well-built wine that will appeal to lovers of that type. Has the bones to go further and offer a little more give than the imposing younger palate presents right now. Will Lennox, FWC