Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia
Crimson-black and lively and enticingly dark-violet-blue.
The bouquet comes first, that being subtle in extremis waft of a distant half stave of a perfect barrel of French Oak. Yet like a shadow falling and a shadow which then disappears, the bouquet falls away and the aroma of carefully nurtured cabernet sauvignon grapes springs elegantly to life: a panoply of red and forest berry aromatics, touches of the green and savoury, such as capsicum, fennel and fresh herbs.
Everything is built around this wine’s small yet powerful core of mulberry and blueberry and raspberry fruit. As if compressed by eons of time this fruit spins slowly and awaits. Softer riper fruits and finely grained tannins orbit around it, offering around and welcoming yet savoury glass of red wine. The after-palate is all black fruits and drying tannins that stretch and linger. This wine knows it is cabernet.
Air. Besides food this cabernet needs aeration. Double-decant it. Pour it back into the bottle. Big glasses. (All of which augurs well for long life, if left cellared.) Otherwise - as with the best cabernet wines - drink this now with a good butcher’s sausage. Tannins, pork fat. Find your bliss.
- James Halliday Wine Companion - 93 Points
- Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 – Double Gold Medal
- China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 – Double Gold Medal
- Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Gold Medal, 91 Points
- James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge 2020 – 90 Points
- San Francisco International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal