1998 Museum Release Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 was considered the finest vintage of the decade, and one of the best in a century. The 1998 vintage was the second of two dry seasons, growing conditions were excellent with reds very intense - the most intense in recent years.
An incredible wine with lovely depth and balance of flavours. Lovely deep crimson, almost black in colour. The wine shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas with complex cherry, plum, vanilla overtones and integrated savoury herbs. The palate is rich in up-front cherry, plum and cassis balanced with a fine tannin structure and a lasting aftertaste.
Big and long-lived, this museum release has a secured a place among the ranks of Australia's finest Cabernets.
COLOUR Deep, dark red, holding its youth.
NOSE Concentrated creme de cassis, prunes and plums to the fore, with floral aromas in the background. Nutty oak complexed by barrel-ferment characters.
PALATE An opulent, flamboyant wine with definitive varietal characters: extravagant blueberry/ blackberry fruit, layers of flavour, obvious but balanced oak and pronounced, chewy, ripe tannins. Impressively long in flavour,
The growing season started late in Australia due to cool spring weather, although conditions were generally frost and disease-free. Early, very warm summer weather led to an early vintage, especially in northern inland areas, with excellent fruit quality across all regions. An outstanding vintage.
GRAPE VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon
MATURATION 25 months in new American oak.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 13.5% Acidity: 6.6g/L pH: 3.48
PEAK DRINKING 2008 - 2018
FOOD MATCHES Cheese, Lamb