PETER LEHMANN MENTOR - 2004
This Barossa, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented and matured in 100% French oak hogsheads and has an alcohol content of 14%.
Purple-black color with a pretty nose of blackberry, flowers, cassis and vanilla oak. Silky smooth, beautiful and supple with blackcurrants, charred oak and hints of baking spices underneath. On the second day, tart fresh cherries emerge on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is a phenomenal effort. The oak is perfectly balanced. The alcohol is exceptionally integrated and almost non-existent. The tannins are just enough to make you pucker without over-drying your mouth. The feel is sleek and elegant. Reminds me of much more expensive Cabernets. My only criticism is that the mid-palate flavors are a bit simplistic. If this had a bit more complexity this wine could have been a 93 - 95 point wine. Retails for around $38 a bottle and will only get better with a few years in the cellar.