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….
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….
Really dark purple, extruded looking. The nose is of lush ripe plums, black cherry and cinnamon stick. On the palate I get a very smooth intro of black currant preserves, black cherry extract and the beginnings of a dose of mouth coating tannins. The mid palate is heavy with the black fruits and tannins. They coat the teeth, the gums. Rooibos tea is the balancing flavor here. Everything else is dark and brooding. The mouthfeel is great, if you like a dry wine. It is not overly tannic, but will most definitely get your attention. The finish is of medium length and focuses on the black currant preserves I got at the outset. Overall a decent drop that gets 89 points from me and would do well with hearty game, roasted meats and even Bolognese. $15 and 3 stars. Salut….
Medium depth of purple in the glass. The nose, after a swirl, showed off vanilla, oak and black currants. It borders on that aroma I don’t care for but I’m willing to overlook it today. On the palate it is much less dense and not as powerful as I imagined it. A slightly sour note hits right away that continues through to the mid palate. Black berries, coffee and a dried herb note all come to mind. The tannins start off gently but build up to a medium dryness by the mid palate and continue for a short finish. Black fruits and thyme are noted on the back end. Overall this is a tasty wine that I would pair with pasta, Kebabs or lamb chops. 89 points and 3 stars for this $15 wine. Salut….
Dark blackish purple in the glass. An interesting nose of sweet dark plums, sasparilla, oak and ginger. On the palate I get very precise flavors of plum ganache, dark chocolate, violets and the beginnings of some very fine grained tannins. The mid palate shows a bitterness I can’t figure out. The tannins however really kick in. The finish is a really strange compilation of blueberry pie, oak, astringent tannins and that odd bitterness. It detracts from the full potential of this wine and makes it an 88 point wine IMHO. I paid $12 and give it 4 stars. I would like to re-taste in a few years, perhaps it will mellow out and gain some balance whilst losing the bitterness. Salut….