2018 Three Dark Horses Bandy Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Three Dark Horses Bandy Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points Richard Caro
2018 Three Dark Horses Bandy Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points Richard Caro

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A super-low price on this former Trophy-winning Cabernet from McLaren Vale. A basket-pressed red from a single vineyard wine from up to 50 y/o vines, this has a serious track record -- with the most recent vintage (2016) winning a trophy at the New Zealand International Wine Show. From a winery he rated 5 Stars, James Halliday tasted this previous vintage and it was so good the "the price had to be wrong", till he checked and "it wasn't". A rich but sophisticated 'Shiraz-drinker's' Cabernet, at this discount the Bandy is a stunning red to drink now or cellar.

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Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $4 $15.99 in mixed 6+ or $17.99 per bottle



Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Origins

"Three Dark Horses is the new project for former Coriole winemaker Matt Broomhead. After vintages in southern Italy (2007) and the Rhone Valley he returned to McLaren Vale in late 2009 and, with his father Alan, buys quality grapes, thanks to the long experience they both have in the region. The third dark horse is Matt's grandfather, a vintage regular. But things are changing. In Nov '17 the business acquired a 5ha vineyard in McLaren Vale, and will build an onsite winery. They are expanding the plantings with grenache blanc, clairette and touriga nacional, and reworking some of the shiraz vines planted in 1964. Part of the vineyard is sand soil-based interspersed with ironstone, a highly desirable mix for shiraz and cabernet sauvignon." -- James Halliday

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on current 2018 vintage

"Lifted aromas of black fruits, choc mint and wood spice. Flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant. Choc mint also plays a role. Medium to full bodied but soft through the palate with fine grained tannins and a subtle spice finish to close. Cellaring potential: 5+ years. McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon from the Home Block, Schuller Rd (Blewitt Springs) hand-picked and Hancock (Chalk Hill Rd closer to McLaren Vale township) machine harvested. Vine age: 20 and 50 years (Home) and 40 years (Hancock). 7 day open ferment with regular pump overs. Basket pressed. 14 months in French and American oak (20% new). Bottled without fining."

93/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday (2016 vintage)

"Whole berries wild-fermented, matured in 20% new French oak and American oak. Having read the background and tasted the wine, I couldn't make any sense of it. The price had to be wrong, Well, I did check and it was right. Go for it."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Colour


  • Region

    McLaren Vale

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2019 - 2023

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with BEEF
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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