In my wine course I had to write about the Coonawarra region in Australia. I learned quite a bit about this tiny appellation- a bevy of high end Cab Savs come from here so when I saw this bottle, I had to give it a try.
It’s pretty opaque with a nice shade of ruby in the glass with thin legs belying it’s 14% ABV. The nose is stacked with black fruits, charred wood, bell pepper, black pepper and something rich that I cannot put my finger on. The palate is dry with generous tannins coating my gums right off the bat. The fruit is having a hard time competing for attention until the mid palate where the blackberry, black plum, black currant, cedar and charred oak finally get a say. The grip of those tannins re-emerges on the finish where my teeth are now rough and my gums are begging for mercy. This is a young wine folks, it needs time or a good run through the aerator. The richness of the fruit is somewhat lost, hidden by the cloak of structure. There is ample acidity to balance the tannins in due course and I think the whole package will come together nicely. Save this young-un for a few years and drink from 2025-2030. I think it warrants 91 points and at $22 it’s a steal worthy of 5 stars. I loaded up on a few bottles, and will cellar the remaining ones. Salut….