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    Red | Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Note

    2013 Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon

    The Name

    The wine takes its name from a 60 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill that is now home to the estate vineyards. The hut-like entrance to the Lime Cave is depicted in the Maxwell of McLaren Vale logo. Above this cave, on the crest of the hill, there are 19 rows of “Reynella Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Planted in 1972, these vines originate from those brought into South Australia by John Reynell over 150 years ago.

    Vintage Conditions

    The 2013 vintage produced wines of great depth. Weather conditions were kind with an average winter rainfall and a mild start to summer. There was a brief 2 day heatwave in early march but the overall result was excellent, even though the crop yields were down by 20% on a normal year.

    Colour and Aroma

    Deep garnet in colour. Aromas leap out of the glass with aromatic red currant, cranberry, cassis and a complex mix of herbs.


    The palate is classic Cabernet. Concentrated flavours of cranberry, cherry and cassis taste like the day the grapes were picked, integrated with delicate cedar and vanilla oak. These flavours are elegantly balanced with firm tannins and a persistent mouth filling finish.

    Cellaring Potential

    Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 to 8 years of age.


    • 2013 Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 points (James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion)
    • 2013 Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 points (Australian Wine Showcase Magazine)