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Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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The vintage was very kind to hillside wines. The heat provided as much ripeness as necessary to fully ripen tannin while the elevation helped circumvent the extremes of the strongest temperature spikes. This true ripeness manifests itself in a saturated black/garnet hue with opening notes of classic Cab character: scorched earth, blueberries, sweet tobacco and black currants. There's a sweetness to the nose that follows through on the palate with more red, blue and black fruit flavors, sweet cream, pain grille and cassis. The structure of the site comes up only in the very end to help prolong the finish and give focus to the perfectly round fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Syrah (11%), Petit verdot (4%), Cabernet franc (3%) Malbec (2%), Merlot (1%)

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Diamond Creek Vineyards:
Established in 1997, Diamond Creek Estate is an award winning family owned and operated vineyard and olive grove. Diamond Creek Estate is situated on the northern slopes of Mittagong, around 120 kms south of Sydney, in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The property for many years was dairy country, enjoys rich basalt soil, northern sun and although at an altitude of 680 metres... Read more
Established in 1997, Diamond Creek Estate is an award winning family owned and operated vineyard and olive grove. Diamond Creek Estate is situated on the northern slopes of Mittagong, around 120 kms south of Sydney, in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The property for many years was dairy country, enjoys rich basalt soil, northern sun and although at an altitude of 680 metres, it has an unique topography, which leaves it relatively immune from frost. This creates an ideal microclimate for cultivating premium quality, cool climate wine grapes and the finest olives for extra virgin olive oil. The vineyard occupies around 15 acres and a similar area is dedicated to olive trees. The vines are subject to intensive management for improvement, hand pruned and leaf-plucked as required. They are personally tended, cropped for optimised yields to produce premium quality cool climate wine grapes. Diamond Creek Estate Wines are produced only from estate grown grapes. The region, although the newest recognized geographical indication, is fast being acknowledged as a premium cool climate area and this is consistent with our objective to produce first class wines that will compete with any in Australia and overseas. Read less

External Reviews for Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/22/2009

Tightly wound, smooth, rich and complex. Dusty berry, anise, sage and mineral flavors are joined by a touch of mint and rich currant. Well structured, with firm, ripe tannins. Best from 2009 through 2020. 796 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

"Firm, tight and concentrated, the earthy currant and wild berry flavors are hidden behind a wall of rich tannins, giving it excellent structure. Holds a tight focus on the finish."-From Wine Spectator


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2003 07/02/2014

Of the three outstanding new Cabernets from Diamond Creek this particular bottling is the most backward and slow-to-unfold of the bunch. With dense highly extracted curranty fruit as its major theme it slowly opens to exhibit finely placed oak rich loamy highlights and touches of stony soil in its expansive nose. Its youthful deeply filled convincingly complex flavors follow suit and are underpinned by puckery tannins that need some time to resolve. This is not a wine for drinking anytime


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/18/2011

Dark and intense but not fully ripe, leaving it with cedary, earthy and mushroomy flavors and just glimpses of moderately ripe currant and cherry. Can still age, but it's not likely to improve; drink now through 2005.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/18/2011

The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill exhibits sweet fruit, and seems clean, but the tannin remains elevated, and it has a clipped, narrowly compressed mouthfeel as well as an astringent finish. The aromatics and flavor attack are impressive, but the finish is worrisome. This appears to be a gamble if aged beyond 5-6 years. This Cabernet is medium-bodied, but excessively tannic.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/18/2011

Deep ruby-purple cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly tannic. Minerals, cassis. Aromatic and elegant, with an emphasis on terroir. Lean and minerally, with exceptional balance and finesse. Fine grip and intensity.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/18/2011

Dark and sturdy, this is an immense, structured wine build for the long haul, delivering intense earthy currant, black cherry, mineral and sage flavors. Finishes with a solid wall of tannins, so hands of for now. Best from 2004 through 2018.


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The vintage was very kind to hillside wines. The heat provided as much ripeness as necessary to fully ripen tannin while the elevation helped circumvent the extremes of the strongest temperature spikes. This true ripeness manifests itself in a saturated black/garnet hue with opening notes of classic Cab character: scorched earth, blueberries, sweet tobacco and black currants. There's a sweetness to the nose that follows through on the palate with more red, blue and black fruit flavors, sweet cream, pain grille and cassis. The structure of the site comes up only in the very end to help prolong the finish and give focus to the perfectly round fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Syrah (11%), Petit verdot (4%), Cabernet franc (3%) Malbec (2%), Merlot (1%)

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