Cimicky & Son Winemakers
2010 Invisible Man Barossa Valley Cabernet/Shiraz Blend
Australia: Barossa Valley (South)
Not all Invisible Men, it appears, are created equal. In contrast to the in-your-face power put forward by today’s Shiraz offering, this wine likes to take it a little slower. Crafted by renowned Australian winemaker Charles Cimicky, today’s wine allows Cimicky’s expert winemaking skills to shine.
Incredibly fruit forward on both the nose and palate, it’s easy to see why Stephen Tanzer loved this wine so much - and why he awarded it 91 Points.
We loved both of today’s Invisible Men offerings, and felt they showed a unique differentiation in flavor profile. Grab a bottle (or case!) of each and experience these Aussie wonders for yourself.
Deep, inky crimson through and through, with only a touch of ruby at the edge.
Very fruit forward on the nose, with fresh blackberry and black currant mingling with espresso bean, subtle toasted oak, warm baking spices, and hints of violet.
Well rounded on the palate, with sweet plum and boysenberry laid overtop sweet tobacco leaf, sandalwood, earthy dustiness, pomegranate, and earl grey tea.
Long and lasting, with an elevated fruitiness and toasty spice at the very edge of the palate.
Grilled lamb burgers with red onion aioli.
What the Winery Says
Opaque ruby. Pungent, smoke- and floral-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, with a peppery accent building with air. Juicy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering vibrant black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors braced by tangy acidity. Finishes smooth and very long, with resonating violet and cracked pepper notes.
91 Point Review - Stephen Tanzer Inky purple. Sexy aromas of cassis, cherry compote, roasted coffee and smoky herbs. Supple, pliant and fine-grained, with dark berry, spicecake and mocha flavors complemented by some exotic oak tones. This sweet, rich wine shows surprising vivacity on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins.
- Charles Cimicky
- 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer
- Barossa Valley, Australia
- Fruit Variety
- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Shiraz
- 18 months in French and American oak
About the Winery
Charles Cimicky is the most Invisible Man of the Barossa. Probably Australia. He is a winemaker who devotes himself entirely and somewhat relentlessly to his craft. Over the past 30 years this reclusive and somewhat shy person has consistently sought growth and improvement in all aspects of his trade. His devotion knows no end; he has, however, no time and definitely no inclination to promote his fine product. So Jennie Cimicky calls him the Invisible Man. In this gregarious business he actively shuns publicity and adamantly avoids the media.
Invisible Man is very much Jennie Cimicky’s label - regarded with quite a degree of derision, and actual disbelief and disgust by the man himself who will naturally not be available to discuss the wine or travel the world to promote it. The wines must, as usual speak for themselves and to that end the Cimickys have decided that only Estate fruit will be used so that we can completely guarantee the quality from their patch of ground to the bottle. Consequently the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon hail from their original plantings of 1973. The release of the label also coincides with their 40th Anniversary.