Patrick Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Boxed 2012 ~ Coonawarra, South Australia
95/100 James Halliday
95/100 Mike Bennie
95/100 Tyson Stelzer
95/100 Huon Hooke
Rated in James Halliday Best Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
GOLD - Melbourne International
BLUE GOLD - Sydney International Wine Competition
SILVER - Limestone Coast Wine Show
Top 5 - International Cabernet >$100, Winestate Magazine
5 Stars - Winestate Magazine
QWine - "The flagship of the Patrick Coonawarra range, this Cabernet 2012 release is a brilliant example of what Cooonwarra does best. Aromas of delicious Cabernet spill from the bottle. Once decanted, it's true personality shines. Cut tomato bush stems, dried thyme and sage plus black olives open proceedings. The more you look at this wine the more it peels back veneers of interest. Old leather and earthy feels wash through the mouth in an absolutely causal manner. There's a delicate beauty evident although it does have a firmish presence in the mouth. That relaxes as time passes yet it also points to the long life ahead. Those herbs just don't let go and embrace the ride from the outset. Dusty tannins, bordering on powdery, sit on a most persistent and satisfying finish. Brilliant! Just brilliant".
Limestone Coast Wine Show "Coffee, chocolate, bay leaf, herbs tannins are soft and plentiful. An expressive wine."
Rutherglen WIne Show "Medium red, complex, age, spicy, red, tight, chewy tannins ripe good weight"
The Winemaker "The best fruit from only the best vintages makes the grade for this iconic wine. Bold, complex notes of dark chocolate and concentrated fruit lead to a wonderfully rich, structured palate with impeccable length. A wine that showcases the true essence of aged Coonawarra Cabernet and will reward any wine lover or true connoisseur."
Patrick of Coonawarra was founded by Patrick Tocaciu; one of Australia's leading wine (and AFL football) figures. Patrick's reputation for producing exceptional wine earned him many international accolades for the major labels he worked as Chief Winemaker, including; Tollana, Penfolds, and Hollick Wines. Patrick's distinguished reputation continued with the establishment of his own Patrick of Coonawarra Estate label. The wines are built on the solid foundation of extensive estate vineyards: 36 hectares in Coonawarra and 42 hectares in Wrattonbully. The Wrattonbully plantings contain shiraz, sauvignon blanc, and some of the riesling. All of the cabernet is grown in Coonawarra. The Estate is now managed by his eonologist son, Luke who continues the tradition of producing wines of varietal and regional excellence.
Coonawarra is the most important wine region within the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia, credited with producing some of the best red wines in the entire country, and often described as Australia's most famous terroir. It is located in the far south-east of the state, adjoining the border with Victoria south of Wrattonbully.
Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every winegrowing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley. Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.