The 2018 Trueman evokes aromas of ripe blackberries and bittersweet chocolate with hints of rose petal and wild sage. This transitions to an impeccably balanced palate with black plum notes and a fresh acidity interlaced with velvety tannins leading to a long memorable finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon Blocks: 200 Block (58%), 300 Block (27%), 100 Block (15%) Clusters were hand-picked, destemmed and gently crushed to open top fermenters. Berries were cold soaked and pumped over daily with a minimum of 18 days on skins. Post-fermentation, the must was basket pressed with light pressings added to free-run and hard pressings kept separate. Aged 15 months in fine-grain Bordeaux coopered barrels of which 75% were new.
"I think this is maybe the best Trueman I can recall tasting. It’s true, man. There’s certainly a Napa-esque lushness about this, and the Cabernet Franc. Dark chocolate, ripe blackberry, flowers, garden herbs, spicy biscuit oak. It’s full-bodied, but not heavy, a flood of dark and persuasive flavour, cocoa richness of tannin, baking spices and sage, and a powerful finish, layered in with sweet tannin and surprising freshness. Exemplary Cabernet here."
95+pts Gary Walsh WineFront.com.au
94 pts Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020