Low yielding fruit from two vineyards, one positioned in the warmer Leasingham district and the other at our cellar door in the cooler, more elevated Skillogalee valley.
A classic Clare Valley vintage that featured warm days and cooler night temperatures, slowing down the harvest allowing both vineyards to be hand picked at their optimum levels of ripeness and maximising the development of the cassis and tobacco leaf characters, fine tannins and balanced natural acidity.
Once the hand picked fruit arrived at the winery, it was gently crushed and fermented on skins until dryness using selected, cultured yeasts. Once dry, each batch was basket pressed into a selection of new and 1 year old French oak hogsheads and allowed to mature for 18 months in our cellars. Final composition and bottling occurred without fining or filtration. This is the finest Cabernet in our portfolio with less than 3000 bottles produced.
Inky red in colour, with youthful crimson hues.
Fresh red berries, riper blackcurrent notes, hints of leaf and mint all meld seamlessly together, seductively supported classy French oak spices.
A textured yet taut and linear palate, the noble flavours of cassis, tobacco leaf, nuances of liquorice and lively red berries all superbly combine, further enhanced and fleshed out by the wines lively acidity and fine grained tannins; a Reserve wine made for the ages.
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
- 93 Points
- This has an impressive concentration and depth, speaking to the suitability of this variety in Clare Valley. Still fresh with plenty of leaves and herbs, as well as cassis and dark plums. The palate has long, structured fruit presence with handy tannin drive. Drink or hold.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2018
- 96 Points
- James Halliday
- Only produced in the best vintages is one of the most hackneyed mistruths (yes, Donald) in the game, but it's true here, sourced from the estate property at Penwortham, production less than 300 dozen of what is Kilikanoon's finest cabernet. The colour looks as if it were bottled yesterday, and the river of cassis flowing between the headlands of tannin is equally youthful.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 91 Points
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown
- Deep garnet colored, the 2013 Tregea Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is intensely scented of fruits of the forest coulis, blueberry preserves and dried plums with hints of blackcurrant cordial, cedar box, dried Mediterranean herbs and menthol. Medium-bodied, it packs an abundance of baked berry and spice box flavors into a relatively elegant package with grainy tannins supporting a persistent, lively finish.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellaring: Potential of at least 15 years