D Block Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Tasting Note

Medium-deep plum red. Pretty aromas of blackcurrant and crystallised violet are complemented with notes of wet slate and bay leaf. Cassis and blueberry flavours flow through the long, linear, medium-to-full bodied palate. Seamlessly balanced, with harmonious fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of French oak. A contemporary McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the synergy of this noble variety, the terroir and my personal winemaking philosophy and will reward careful cellaring.

*No animal products were used in the production of this wine.


  • Dan Murphy’s Perpetual Trophy, Best Cabernet, 2021 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Top Gold medal:
  • 2021 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 29 (96 pts)
Gold medals:
  • 2020 NZ International Wine Show, class 15a
  • 2021 Royal Queensland Wine Show, class 40 (95 pts)
  • 2021 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 12 (95 pts)
  • 2022 Concours International des Cabernets, France
Silver medals:
  • 2020 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 15
  • 2020 NZ International Wine Show, class 15a
  • 2021 Concours International des Cabernets, France
  • 2021 Perth Royal Wine Awards, class 21
  • 2021 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, class 39
  • 2021 International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK
  • 2021 Halliday Cabernet Challenge
  • 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, UK

93 pts: winecompanion.com.au



GA & LS Petrucci, Hill Block (planted 1982) Reynella clone : Davey Estate, Block P (planted 1999) CW44 clone


100% McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon





Titratable Acidity

7.0 g/L

Two great McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon blocks combine harmoniously; one, a Reynella clone planted east west in 1982 on loam and the other, a CW44 clone planted north south in 1999 on red clay. Gentle cap management, through traditional open fermentation, protects and nurtures the unique qualities of the terroir. Very fine grained French oak hogsheads are used to allow a long, slow maturation of the wine and subtle oak integration. A combination of new and 1 to 6 year old oak barrels, crafted by select coopers to our requirements are used to create nuances and diversity of flavour.
Ned Goodwin

A large-framed cabernet that manages to play a card of savouriness over heft and sweetness. Kudos. Cassis, dried sage, a good smear of tapenade, spearmint and rosemary too. The tannins, largely oak-derived, are perhaps a little too polished to corral the weight and teeming fruit. This is a very good wine. It stands to be superlative with a little more extraction.

93 pts
Huon Hooke

Very deep red-purple, blackberry jam, violet, a touch of prune juice, really alluring young cabernet bouquet, teetering on the brink of overripe, but gets away with it; the palate full-bodied and the tannins nicely tailored, very varietal and very good young cabernet.

93/100 Top Rank