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Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon - 2020

96 Points
Stylish and refined, the wine shows dark plum, sweet cherry, fine leather, olive and cedar characters on the nose, followed by a weighty palate that's plump and richly textured. Tannins are chalky and beautifully infused, offering firm structure with wonderful harmony and balance. At its best: now to 2038.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2024

95 Points
An absolutely cracking McLaren Vale Cab. Who says warm regions can’t do Cabernet? Sure, it might not be a Bordeaux replica, but it is delicious and drinks majestically. The name? Just like Frank Serpico did in attempting to expose corruption in the NYPD in the early 70s, this wine goes against the grain, as an Apassimento style Cabernet. For that, the fruit went into 10-kilo drying crates and was stored for 25 days, over this period, the grapes lost 30% of their weight. This had the effect of concentrating aromas and softening the tannins with the wine spending two years in a combination of French oak hogsheads, 60% new and 40% one-year-old. The 2020 Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon was made without finings and received only light filtration prior to bottling. Deep red/maroon, this has an appealing ripeness with notes of chocolate, cigar boxes, mocha, coffee beans and a hint of vanilla. The structure is seamless with juicy acidity and excellent length. Utterly delicious, this is more a cracking McLaren Vale red than the typically varietal Cabernet. Ten to twelve years.
Ken Gargett, Winepilot, March 2024

94 Points
The richly flavoured and decadent 2020 Serpico, made from partially dried grapes, needs some time to open before offering dense and powerful blackberry, blackcurrant, oregano, musky plum and dark earth aromas with a sweet layer of new oak. Voluptuous and decadent blackberry/coca flavours are enhanced by fresh acidity and mouthcoating tannins to deliver a lengthy, vibrant finish.
Angus Hughson, Vinous, October 2023

93 Points
Heady notes of mocha, maraschino cherries and spiced black plums on the nose. With air, rosemary and iodine aromas appear. The palate is saturated with fruits, spice and savoury nuances, it's a hedonist's delight. A fine rolling stream of bitter chocolate tannins funnels the wine along, signing off with savoury notes. This is ripe and opulent with a pleasing undertow of freshness which will ensure it ages well.
Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review, September 2023


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