92 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Deep, bright ruby. Red- and blackcurrant, cherry, tobacco and smoky mineral aromas are complemented by nuances of cured tobacco and dark chocolate. Very cabernet on the palate, offering firm red berry and bitter cherry flavors and a strong mineral underpinning. Admirably pure wine with strong finishing cut and impressive juiciness." 92 Points - Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"The deep purple-colored 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a whiff of bell pepper, spice box, menthol, and cassis. Medium to full-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has layered sweet fruit, good concentration, and red and black fruit flavors. Balanced and lengthy, it will drink well for another 5-7 years. Bowen Estate is one of the stars of Coonawarra." 91 Points - Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate
"In the vineyard the Cabernet Sauvignon vines are pruned by hand, again using the arched cane method as for Shiraz. The grapes are machine harvested. This wine, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, is handled exactly the same way as the Shiraz except that it is barrel aged in French and Russian oak barriques instead of American oak."
"Bowen Estate vineyards occupy 33 hectares of prime terra rossa soil. Planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Since the purchase in 1972 of our first block of land, hand pruning has always been part of Bowen Estateâs uniqueness. Our arch cane trellis system introduced in 1989 has been integral to our style of wine." -Winemaker
"Much of our philosophy for the style of wine that we like to produce begins with the vineyard. Firstly, the location of our vineyard is on the traditional prime terra rossa soil of Coonawarra. This is of the utmost importance to us. Secondly, we have a very strong belief in the traditional hand pruning of our vines, combined with an arch cane trellis system."
"This improves the evenness of budburst, bunch exposure and ripeness, but more importantly, this method of pruning ensures that we have a balanced vine. Therefore the vine will produce fruit of optimum quality. It is this optimum fruit that makes our bench mark wines which reflect the true characteristics of Coonawarra - strong varietal aromas, big flavours and soft balanced tannins. " -Winery
This wine was also scored 89 Points by the Wine Spectator.