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Harry's Monster Bordeaux Blend

Giant Steps - Harry's Monster Bordeaux Blend 2018

Australia
Red Wine from Victoria · Australia
Price: £31.95
Case Rate: £30.32
Ex Tax: £26.63
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Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Area: Yarra Valley
Winery: Giant Steps
Wine Maker: Steve Flamsteed, Tim Shand, Phil Sexton
Grape: Bordeaux Blend
Grape Percentage: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot 20% Petit Verdot
Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
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Rating 91+ pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Area: Yarra Valley
Winery: Giant Steps
Wine Maker: Steve Flamsteed, Tim Shand, Phil Sexton
Grape: Bordeaux Blend
Grape Percentage: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot 20% Petit Verdot
Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019

Wine tasting notes

Bright, deep crimson; a powerful, intense yet perfectly balanced array of black, blue and red berry fruits interwoven with touches of vanilla, cedar and graphite. A medium to full-bodied wine densely packed with black fruit and spice, with firm, grainy tannins and just enough acid to lift the long finish.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 91+ pts

Feb 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - A Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Bordeaux Blend sporting a very deep opaque purple color, the 2013 Harry's Monster offers notes of crushed black plums, blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of vanilla, toast, cedar, pencil lead and cloves. Medium-bodied, the palate is densely packed with black fruit and spice box flavors with firm, grainy tannins and just enough acid to lift the long, somewhat woody finish. It really needs time to show its true colors but this is a very promising young wine!


JancisRobinson.com (2013) - 15.5 pts

Tasted Sep 2015 - Bordeaux blend. Mid crimson. Bright sculpted fruit. No dominant variety and a certain sweetness as well as muscle. Still quite youthful. (JR)


James Halliday (2013) - 96 pts

Bright, deep crimson; a powerful, intense yet perfectly balanced array of black, blue and red berry fruits; the tannins are woven through the dominant fruit display, new oak used with discretion. A wholly satisfying medium to full-bodied wine with an assured future.


Wine Front (2010) - 94+ pts

My wife commented “Nowhere on the bottle does this say from which grapes it is made. I’d never buy it at the bottleshop.” Or something like that, because she doesn’t really talk with my garbled syntax. Anyway, it’s Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Petit Verdot (15%) and Merlot (13%). Redcurrant, raspberry and blackcurrant – summer berry pudding-ish – with dried herb, aniseed, cedar and a bit of the old Fry’s Chocolate Cream. It’s fresh, medium weight and even with gentle grainy tannin, nutty oak spice, and a long clean finish. Tastes like Cabernet too, not something else. Like it. Just over the line for 94 points.