2002 Cabernet Malbec

Max Allen – The Weekend Australian Magazine, April 17-18 2004

“ This new vineyard at Bridgewater in central Victoria is gaining a good reputation for intense, perfumed red wines, the best of which is this deep-purple beauty with focused smells of currants and echoes of eucalypt that lead to a terrifically concentrated but fine and grippy taste ”

James Halliday 2005 Wine Companion – 91 points

“ Sweet dark fruits with spice/hay seed Malbec influences obvious; fine grained tannins to close. ”

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly Feb-Mar 2004

“ All the Pondalowie wines are good but this is especially so – as a nation, we should be doing more of this blend. This ones 70% Cabernet, 30% Malbec and it comes across as a jam of pure, structured, intense purple fruit with a knob of savoury/creamy oak acting only as a minor player in the overall ensemble. Look harder and you see gumleaf and sweet earth and as a devoted tannin watcher I’m in my element here; the palate’s struck with them. It’s an Impressive wine. Drink Now – 2016. 92 Points ”

Ralph-kyte-powell – The Age Agenda, August 29 2004

“ Dense, dark, solidly constructed, with concentrated black plum, mulberry, spice and subtle oak on nose and palate. Immature but balanced and full of potential. Great with navarin of lamb. ”

WineWise – August 04 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (Top 10)

“ Here’s a Cabernet with great finesse. The cassis and red berry components are matched with top quality oak and fine tannins. There’s a faint hint of eucalypt which is positive, rather than negative, and the palate is long indeed. ”