Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), Malbec 27%
RRP: $50.00 plus
I have already addressed a wine made by this producer in the past. For myself, I am fortunate to know this wine maker personally. When the 2013 Vintage came out, Mr Walker was very excited about the Cabernet that had been sourced for this wine. An exceptional 2013 with slightly cooler climates than 2012, meant that Cabernet shone out as the bright star here in South Australia. I have already mentioned some other Cabernet’s from 2013 (Leconfield, and Parker Estate) from the Coonawarra region. If you have had a chance to read these reviews, you will understand my excitement towards this wine.
Malbec is not a common variety here in Australia. Malbec is well known in Argentina and France. It is not widely grown here, but is starting to pop up in Western Australia. The other two states that produce Malbec are Victoria and South Australia. Never-the-less, Malbec does produce wines similar in characteristic to Cabernet. Albeit, a little more herbaceous than Cabernet in its traits. However, in Bordeaux (France), it is commonly used as a blending grape. If you know Bordeaux and France well, the only varieties that can be grown in this region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
Therefore, carrying on from French style, this wine has been made by blending Carbernet and Malbec.
On the nose, this wine displays characters of blackberry, dark cherry, rhubarb, star anise and dill. Vanilla dances across the glass from the new French Oak barrels used for aging, giving this wine a very pleasant aroma.
On the palate, and it is an array of blackberry and rhubarb. There is prominent oak on display, and this adds a bit of bite and extra tannin to the overall body of the wine. The wine works into a herbaceous finish, with a lengthy tailing of vanilla and musk.
This wine is another great example of a superb 2013 vintage. Take my advice, and get all over it!
Drinking: 2016 to 2032
The SA Wine Guy