Longview devil’s elbow Cabernet 2004 (review)

87 points.

Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 14.5%

A pleasant surprise. More approachable, and more stylish and complex than I’d expected. The french oak is good (and important), not too heavyhanded. The fruit is not cosmetic, though it’s young of course with cherry tones.

A pretty impressive fine cabernet. The alcohol does a great deal to make it approachable now, and will tell against it for aging. That said, I’d be interested in seeing this in 5 years time.

Good value, especially against Western Australian peers.

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