Gentle, moody, and enticing ... The Revivalist flickers from its polished sheen of soft prunes and dark berries to its peppery dust and black tea-leaf edge. Between those appetising extremes you’ll find licorice, dark chocolate, and aniseed with a tinge of the soft flesh of enoki mushrooms. It’s an agile and elegant wine, finishing with dusty velvet tannins that provoke the palate – vivifying the category of Australian Merlot.
The Peake draws on the earliest styles of the Clarendon vineyards, showcasing fluid tannins that lead to a long taper of natural acid. The two great varieties enthuse with one another, creating a richness of ripe blackberries, blackberry leaves, blackcurrant, mint, aniseed, and soft licorice - all manifested in a securely refined frame.
Trueman represents Cabernet in Clarendon at its best. Its purity, its elegant style, its supple, polished nature ... it’s a wine of its own. Distinct in character, this is not like Cabernet from the Vales below or the hills to the east. From its pretty, delicate florals and musk, through to its silky blackcurrant and kalamata juice and down to its dark carbon soul - Trueman is a modern Cabernet that encapsulates all the toil and antiquity of Clarendon. Echoing the unearthed prose of wine writer Ebenezer Ward from 1886 on the Cabernet sown from this very land – Trueman is `an excelled wine, of very marked flavor and bouquet``.