Clarendon Hills Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon

For all of its legendary shiraz, this cabernet was the wine that jumped out of a recent Clarendon Hills 2009 line up. Caution. This is wine of immense proportions, of impenetrable black hue and a density that’s fully off the clock yet – crucially – it never deviates for an instant from exactingly varietal and regional definition. Cassis, blackcurrant, capsicum, leaf, even green pea meet dark chocolate oak and monumental cabernet structure. Mouthfilling intensity of dense black fruits linger with great persistence and power. Stand well back for at least a decade. $65 at Cellar d’Or and Wine Box Warehouse.