On the nose, it has attractive primary fruit aromas of red and dark berries like red currant, black currant and mulberry.
On the palate the wine has good, concentrated red fruit flavours that fill the mid-palate. The texture and length are good, with flavours running right the way through to soft tarry oak on the finish. The tannins are firm but well balanced.These combine with some leather and earthy complexity, soft smoky oak and have a background of violets and cedar.
Although the 2003 growing season was consistently warm right the way through, the vines were able to cope well. They exhibited limited moisture and heat stress and all varieties were able to produce high quality wines. Some heavy rain fell just after the district's Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began but the vineyards that had a good rate of ripening and were finished by the time of the rain had an especially good year. Below average crops was the only problem in what was a copybook vintage.This concentration and structure reflect the small crops of the 2003 season and they give the wine power and complexity for aging. While this is the first vintage to be released from the Victory Point vineyard, the style of the wine is very encouraging and it is approachable and can be enjoyed now. However, those who take the opportunity to cellar the Victory Point can be confident that it will age well for at least 5 more years.
Victory Point 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon has a youthful medium to deep brick red colour and is in bright condition.