Cabernet Sauvignon and blends

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Critic Rating: RP 93 (Robert Parker)
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Roll over text : Medium-firm, grainy tannins, nice acid verve and a very long, graceful finish.

Deep garnet-coloured, the 2007 Magna Praemia puts forward a good, solid core of cassis, red currants, plums and spice box lifted by touches of eucalyptus and violets. The palate shows a good expression of its blend of grapes, and even though it is a tad lean, it remains very well defined by medium-firm, grainy tannins, nice acid verve and a very long, graceful finish. Drink it now to 2020+.


Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 18%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 5% , Petit Verdot 2%

Mike and Anne Spratt planted their first vines in a north-facing amphitheatre in 2000 and subsequently constructed a state-of-the-art winery to practice their artisan winemaking. Their inspiration is Bordeaux, three variations of a single wine: the entry-level Destinae that is Right Bank in style, their flagship Magna Praemia Left Bank (matured in 100% new oak) and the Mystae sitting somewhere in between. This is a boutique operation and quantities are small, but they are well worth seeking out

Exclusive 17 RC

Critic Rating: RC 17 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

Medium-bodied, the palate is fine in presentation with concentrated, firm primary fruit flavours of blackcurrants, cassis, herbs and leafy cool-spectrum notes. A suggestion of stalkiness shows. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and the mouthfeel is enlivened by brisk, racy acidity. The flavours carry with zestiness and tension to a long, concentrated, tight and slender finish.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

Low stock 17 RC

Critic Rating: RC 17 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

Flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants show with red currants and plums. The fruit is encased by grainy-textured, firm and slightly grippy tannins providing a firm, textured mouthfeel and line. Some piquant acidity lends energy and drive, and along with the structure leads to a firm, dry, refreshing finish. This is a firm and grainy textured Cabernet blend with soft black fruit flavours.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

17.5 RC

Critic Rating: RC 17.5 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

This is a fresh and firmly structured Cabernet/Merlot blend with blackcurrant, blackberry, cassis and herb flavours on a grainy textured palate with a fresh mouthfeel.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged 12 months in 50% new French oak. 620 bottles made.

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