The Fleur Cardinale display a deep, dense-coloured hue, while on the nose there are powerful ripe fruit aromas mingling with floral notes. Feminine in style, the wines have a seductive, rich mouth-feel, underpinned by elegant, silky tannins. The finish is long and harmonious, promising very long ageing potential in bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 90
"A strong effort from this well-run estate, the 2007 Fleur Cardinale may turn out to be as good as the 2009, which is a slightly more ruggedly constructed and bigger wine, but not necessarily better. The 2007 is a mid-weight blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon..."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 90
"Bright ruby-red. Ripe aromas of blackberry and licorice, with a violet topnote. A nicely sweet, pliant midweight, with good chewy texture and spine to its flavors of dark fruits, minerals, mocha and roasted meat. Finishes juicy and long, with sweet tannins, noteworthy length and a late hint of leather. A big success in the context of the vintage." (Jul/Aug 10) &L's notes - Big and ripe, tannic. Powerful. Extracted. At the property this wine was almost black in color. Very ripe on the nose and palate. Chocolate tones. New wave style. Well-balanced. Ralph: Flashy but firm.