TOP GOLD MEDAL – Yarra Valley Wine Show
TROPHY – Best Cabernet Sauvignon
This Payne’s Rise red screams Yarra Cab, with great colour (let’s call it a dark ruby), and the nose is true Yarra claret – dusty mint and blackberries. You’ve got to like a bit of mint and bay leaf, as it ripples through the mid-weight palate, with a bit of lift through the middle thanks to some cocoa powder oak. before typically young Cab rawish tannins.
Formative, and very much a wine for the future, I rather like the underlying structure and style here. It’s just a smidgen minty for smashing a bottle now, but the lines of tannins and fruit all match up to something great (and at a very reasonable alcohol level to boot). Like. Will be a gold medal wine with just a few years in the cellar.
Payne’s Rise Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2019. Best drinking: can you wait? Even a year or two. But five years would be better. Then drink over twenty years. 18/20, 93/100+. 13.5%
Andrew Graham – Australian Wine Review