William Hill Bench Blend 2013
Wine AdvocateThe other wine that stood out for me was William Hill's 2013 Bench Blend Proprietary Red, which is composed of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 18% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. This large cuvée of just over 4,100 cases is outstanding. Deep blackcurrant and blackberry fruit intermixed with some loamy soil undertones, pepper, and forest floor are all present in this opaque ruby/purple, full-bodied wine. It was aged 18 months in 40% new French oak and is drinking beautifully already, but will last for at least another 4-5 years. This is the sleeper selection in the William Hill Estate lineup as far as I'm concerned.
Wine EnthusiastThe largest proportions of this blend are taken up by Cabernet Sauvignon (41%) and Petite Sirah (31%), with additions of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Together they make for a succulently juicy red, with an underpinning of subtle tannin and oak. The flavors are more red fruit and savory herb than black fruit or brooding body.
Wine SpectatorA graceful, elegant and understated style, offering spicy dark berry, cigar box, gravel and anise. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now. 4,145 cases made.