2008 Box Pillar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - [description] “About 30% of the 2008 Pillar Box Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was matured in oak, 90% French and 10% American. This label is essentially a barrel selection of the best barrels destined for the Pillar Box wine. Due to the warm 2008 vintage, about 17% of the fruit this year came from cooler Mt Benson. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has pronounced aromas of warm blackcurrant, kirsch, spice box, cloves, and bay leaf plus a touch of mint. Very crisp in the mouth, the acid cuts through the rich, full bodied warm berry fruit while a medium level of fine tannins provide just enough texture. It has a good long finish. Drinking now, it will be at its best before 2017.”
Rating 89 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2010)
Alcohol content 14.5%
Made in South Australia
Let me begin by saying that this is the best wine I’ve ever had; and I’ve had a lot of wine. I can’t begin to tell you how good this wine is. I actually chose this wine as an accident. It was on the very end of the Australia section and I thought it was a California Cabernet, which are typically big bold and in your face, exactly what I was looking for.
Where do I begin. On the nose it’s a symphony. Different scents dance around your nose, and like I’ve said before breath in like your taking a sip, the smells will hit your tongue. The first thing you notice right away is the rich, deep, fresh smell of oak. This wine is perfectly oak-ed in my opinion. Not overbearing but rich and crisp. The smell and taste of Oak can often be overpowering and weigh a wine down, and give it the quality of being heavy and lethargic. Not this wine, it immediately grabs your attention and says “this is gonna be a ride buddy, so hold on”. Along with the oak you can smell some nice white pepper, a bit of strawberry and spice (very typical of Australian wines to be “spicy”).
I couldn’t wait to drink this wine. As soon as it hit my tongue I was over whelmed. An incredibly complex wine. Oak, berry, and strong robust tannins hit you immediately. For such a strong wine it was incredibly well balanced. Not one taste or scent over whelmed the other. In fact the tastes spread across your tongue almost in order. First Oak, then Berry, finished with the clean sharp taste of those young tannins. Mmmm Mmm it was delicious. This is a wine you definitely want to pair with a great steak. It will compliment the taste and texture of red meat and wash your taste buds clean so you can enjoy the next bite. This is not a wine you can or want to drink all night. It will over power you. One bottle will suffice. Mark my words, this wine is unforgettable.
I often like to give wine human characteristic and personality traits. This wine is like a strict father. Regal and protecting while also being gentle and sophisticated. It wouldn’t dare step out of place or show you any weakness at all. It looks down on lazy wines, and will be there when you’ve had bottle after bottle of horrible vinegar passed off as wine.
If I were to rate this wine, based on price, taste, and smell. I would go as high as 93, age is three to five years and I’m positive it could hit 94 or 95 and be up there with some low class Bordeaux’s.
Try this wine. Try it now. Forget about the cost and drink it. All of it. Then tell someone else about it.