Brands Barrel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Coonawarra each year, as I understand it anyway, holds a "barrel series auction" where some of the best barrels of Coonawarra are auctioned off.  This wine was almost like nothing I'd tried before from Coonawarra.  It had an intense (bold ... capitals ... italics ... I think you get it) aroma of oak, vanilla, herbs and licorice.  Too much oak  The palate was extremely rich, with overt oak, vanilla and licorice flavours.  Again, too much oak.  This is a wine that will probably survive half a century, and I can fairly clearly see why you might call it out as one of the best barrels of a vintage.  But gee it didn't much resemble a cabernet (more like an extravagantly oaked Barossa shiraz) and is really a meal in itself.  90 points (7.5/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: unknown
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No, this was too rich for me now, though I'd sure like to try it in 20 years time.
Website: http://www.mcwilliams.com.au/brands-laira/
Coonawarra
May 18, 2011
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