‘Leo’ Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


A classic wine in style and sophistication. Deep purple with red hues, the palate displays true varietal character, with deep blackberry, cassis, mint and a hint of smooth cedar oak on the midpalate.


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97 Points
Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
“This is gracefully refined with richness and sophistication; the immensely complex bouquet shows cassis, bay leaf, mixed spice, game and cedary oak characters. The concentrated palate displays outstanding focus and presence, gorgeously complemented by fine texture and chalky tannins. Seamlessly harmonious and multi-layered with an impressively line and length. At its best: 2024 to 2040.”

93 Points
Winepilot, Ken Gargett
“A fine follow up to the 2019, but an interesting wine as well. As the team will tell you, the intention was not to make any wines under the Nightfall label from the 2020 vintage. All of the very best parcels of their Cabernet were combined to make the 2020 Jim Brand ‘Silent Partner’ Cabernet Sauvignon, but apparently someone was a little too silent when it came to the arrangements and two pallets were labelled as this wine. So we have a single Nightfall wine from 2020 and this is it – same as the JB ‘Silent Partner’. Dark maroon in colour, there are lifted aromatics here. Beef stock, soy, black fruits, bay leaves, bergamot and coffee grinds. Chocolate emerges on the palate. Mid length and with good concentration, this is still very young. There are silky tannins. This is young and fresh and has improvement ahead of it. should drink nicely for at least six to eight years and then some years more.”

QWine Reviews, Steve Leszczynski
“This Nightfall Cabernet is the business. From clever packaging to a cracking wine in the glass, winemaker Sam Brand excels once again.

The name Nightfall was born at a dinner out with clients a couple of years ago. Walking outside from the restaurant, Brand’s clients looked up and were mesmerised by the night sky in downtown Penola. Having never seen the stars so vividly, his guests stood in awe and likened the stars to diamonds in the sky – something the packaging reflects.

A single vineyard wine, give it a swirl to release aromas of dried herbs and tomato bush. Dripping in savoury goodness, it’s quite drying. Blackcurrants and blackberries, of course, go about their work but time in the glass sees coffee grounds, char, dutch chocolate, black olives, dried mint and grilled capsicums rise up. There is a lot to adore here. I love its flow and the neat tempo that ripples through the wine. Wines like this give you the sense that something special is in your hands. Just brilliant! Drink to ten years+.”

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