2018 Majella Vintage Tasting – Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

A flight of 6 different vintages of Majella Cabernet Sauvignon was the first flight of the 2018 Majella Vintage Tasting at New Ubin Seafood @ Chijmes. Another great night hosted by Robert Rees of Wine Exchange Asia

Majella Wines

Majella is one of the first wineries in Australia that I started to actively follow, mainly because of Brian “Prof” Lynn, one of the founders of Majella, who always has a smile on his face and usually with a glass of wine in his hand, ready to share a bottle and a story or six. The Majella stand at a Wine Show is always one of the first, if not the first, on my list to visit.

Prof is also the cause of my main problem in Singapore, an amazing collection of friends who like to share at least a magnum of high quality booze each time we meet. A nice problem to have, thanks Prof.

James Halliday rates as a Majella Wines as red 5 Star Winery which means that it is an outstanding winery that consistently produces at least two wines that have been rated 95 or better over the past couple of years. Majella has also been acknowledged as a winery that has consistently been considered one of the best in the Coonawarra if not Australia.


The Lynn family has been in residence in Coonawarra for over four generations, starting as storekeepers, later graduating into grazing. The Majella property was originally owned by Frank Lynn, then purchased in 1960 by nephew George, who ran merinos for wool production and prime lambs.

In ’68 Anthony and Brian (the Prof) Lynn established the vineyards, since joined by Peter, Stephen, Nerys and Gerard. Bruce Gregory has been at the helm for every wine made at Majella.


From James Halliday’s Wine Companion Website

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

The first vintage of Majella Cabernet Sauvignon was in 1994 and is consistently considered on of the finest examples of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in both static and rotary
stainless steel fermenters with fermentation being completed in 300 litre barrels and the wine was then aged for a further 18 months in new and second use French oak hogsheads.

All Cabernet Sauvignon parcels are kept separate to assess batch quality prior to blending and bottling off site.

Majella Wines

Oz’s Ratings

Icon wdt_ID Rating Description
1 1 out of 5 Bug spray, good for cleaning or powering vehicles
2 2 out of 5 Acceptable at a pinch (must be extremely desperate)
3 2.5 out of 5 Drinkable, might improve with age or decanting, good for the last bottle of the night when there is nothing else available
4 3 out of 5 A good wine, may improve with time, a quaffer
5 3.5 out of 5 A very good wine, worth a try and probably a bit of patience if it is a young wine
6 4 out of 5 A great wine! Recommended by Oz
7 4.5 out of 5 A great wine, definitely one that Oz recommends!!
11 5 out of 5 Amazing, WoW. Highly recommended, please give me more!

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

wdt_ID Rating Wine
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Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2004
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Medium deep crimson in appearance, the reserved nose is a pleasant combination of black berry, black pepper, cedar and spice aromas. The wine has a savoury medium-bodied palate with savoury, developing tannins and a medium to long finish

After a bit longer in the glass this improved to a 4 out of 5. Will repay patience.
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2 >
Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2008
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Medium deep crimson in appearance, the nose has an enjoyable combination of dark berries, black pepper, tobacco and spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with developing tannins and a medium to long finish

Still developing, will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next 5 or more years
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3 >
Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2009
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Medium deep crimson in appearance, the medium-bodied nose has a mix of plum and black pepper aromas. The medium-bodied palate is acidic and slightly sour with developing tannins and a medium to long finish

Needs more time.
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4 >
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Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2010
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3 out of 5

Medium deep purple in appearance, the subtle nose has a pleasant combo of cherry, mocha and spice aromas. Has a savoury medium-bodied palate that is slightly sour with firm tannins and a medium to long finish

A decent wine, but did not stand up against the other vintages, will improve with age.
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5 >
Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2012
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Rich medium deep ruby in appearance, the reserved nose has a combination of white pepper and spice aromas. Has a complex medium-bodied palate is savoury with fine tannins and a medium to long finish

Nice wine
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6 >
Name: Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2015
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Vivid deep ruby in appearance, the nose has a pleasant mix of black berry, mint and cedar aromas. Has a subtle medium-bodied palate with fine tannins and a medium to long finish

Young, showing the signs that patience will be well rewarded.
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