$25, 5 stars, 92 points, australia, cabernet sauvignon, coonawarra
This was a wine we tasted at my WSET class. I brought the dregs home for another look-see as the wine had some very powerful aromas and flavors that I wanted to get my head around. Starting off it had some sediment in the bottle which is normal for an 8 year old bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass it shows that age by way of a deep garnet hue. The nose has pronounced aromas of eucalyptus, blackberry, coffee, black plum, blueberry compote, vanilla, mint, leather and tobacco. It certainly is complex and showing some age as well as lingering youth. The palate is dry with juicy acidity and a great tannic structure. The rich fruit flavors are present coupled with oak nuance and tertiary notes but the coffee, mint and eucalyptus are the stars here. Medium (+) bodied, this wine is very balanced and the mouthfeel is fabulous- a touch dry here and there with some juiciness to keep your palate alive. The finish is quite a lengthy affair with black and blueberry fruit notes swirling with the tannin and acid- a nice way to end for this delightful wine. I am impressed by this $25 effort that gets 92 points. It needs to be drunk fairly soon- say by 2026 and gets 5 stars from me. Salut….