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Award Winning Wines for » Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines
- From the 2003 Competition

- Orlando Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 - Medal

Blue-Gold Award Winner

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Judges' Comments


Shows interwoven black cherry and cassis flavours with prune like plum notes. Extremely ripe fruit went into this wine. Chewy, dusty tannins emerge at the end but there are also notes of liquorice. This wine maintains its purity in size. Becomes a bit more approachable with the pie. This is an awesome powerhouse wine.


Fruity, dried red cherry characters. Quite round and smooth in the mouth with red fruit softness. Nice cleansing acidity. Restrained tannins. A good match.


Medium intensity on the nose. Quite a short palate. Lacked fruit on the finish. Quite tannic. The fruit was dominated by the dish and the tannins were strong.


Coffee beans, chocolate. It’s a full, rich style with some fruit cake hints and soft tannins. Some black cherry flavours. The flavours went reasonably well together but no great highlights.


Subdued fruit. Big tannins and rather drying. Seemed a bit disjointed at present but with time, it should come into balance.


Some nice redcurrant and spice aromas. Velvety texture and some plummy characters there too. The oak was in balance and the tannins were quite ripe. It worked well with food. There was a fleshiness in the mid palate. The flavours seemed to be emphasised. The only negative was that, although the finish was good, there was that tannin whack right at the finish, which could be a bit of a problem.


This wine lacks a little structure. The food dilutes it and makes it disappear. Not a good match.


Pepper and strong, ripe berry characters. The palate was inky but fell away with the food.


Hint stalky. Cherry and damson fruit on the nose. Good concentration of fruit flavours and nice, ripe tannins. Some oaky notes coming through as well. Light, slightly stalky fruit notes come out. Wine too light for the food.


Enhanced aromatics. Fine wine beneath. The wine stands alone with the food.


Blackcurrant, leafy, cool area or cool vintage Cabernet characters here. It’s verging on greenness. The palate is quite elegant. No green tannins here. It goes surprisingly well with the food. A nice, full bodied style of Cabernet dominant flavours. Firm on the finish but quite sympathetic with the kangaroo dish.


Strong cedary oak. Fruit nicely balanced. The palate lacks richness and falls away leaving rather rough tannins. The food emphasises these tannins. Not a good match.


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Country Of Origin

Wine Style
Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines

Grape Variety
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 99% , other 1% - 100%

Geo Indicator or Region

Typical Retail Price
AUD$54.00 (CD)

Alcohol 13.5% v/v

Customer Relations Person
Joe Mellis

His/Her Telephone
+61 2 8762 5644


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