2013 Thompson Estate “The Specialist” Cabernet Sauvignon

Super sexy premium cabernet time with Margaret River’s Thompson Estate.  A little rough treatment in the decanter fills the room with luscious fragrances while a raise of the glass provides fruit power, tannic punch and oak mayhem on the palate.  Sticks to the gums, blue fruits and some red deeper raspberry with a slight astringency to close.  Too young without air, but one that will wow the crowd with its chutzpah.

Score – 95 Points

Drink – 2020 to 2030

Price – $90

Source – Sample


The back label states “The specialist is recognised as someone who concentrates primarily on a particular subject of activity”, inspiring epithet or faint praise?  The wine itself shows no such timid flattery as its all power and fruit and pizzazz.

Mid bodied and gravelly with a hint of olive suggesting its Margaret River origins.  For me the oak is quite pronounced and finishes a touch malty, but this is likely due to the exuberance of its relative youth.  A good decant should fix that in the short term.

Bottle number 2483 or 3500, so thats a lazy $315k if they sell all that lot.  Not a bad business that grape herding as long as the stock moves.

Overall an impressive wine but the price doesn’t scream QPR.  Grape juice without a significant lineage or cult following (or french terroir) can be hard to move at such a price so if you were to see this pop up at any of the various fine online wine discounters, don’t hesitate to wade in…5 years from now you will thank me…or the person who sold it to you perhaps.


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