Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Lovers! Good evening to you all. You may recall that I did a blind red wine tasting trial a while back at the Australian Wine Research Institute. Well the wines tested for the night have now come back to me and among the wines that I sampled, this was one of them. Want to know what I wrote about this wine? Well, Here it is.
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Tough call. I don’t think it is South Australian. So maybe, the Margaret River. If it is SA made, I would go with Coonawarra.
Nose: Smells like the wine has some age behind it, which leads me to think this wine might be a 2003-2007 vintage, as the colour of the wine has started to go brick red. Blackcurrant, and earthy tones make their way through, with a little hint of olive and cherry/chocolate.
Palate: Tannin still has grip, and there is a pleasant mix of fruit and spice. Its finish is somewhat refreshing, like you have been chewing on a mint leaf. I feel this wine has more to offer.
Price: Maybe in the $40 to $50 price bracket.
Well, well, well… I was semi wrong about the region. However, I did say it could be Coonawarra. The age of the wine I was wrong with too, being a 2013 vintage it is a recent release. The nose and palate I am still happy with. These are still the aromas and tastes I am getting. I now can also pick out raspberry in the aroma. To elaborate on the palate, there is ripe fruit, plum and blackcurrant, the finish is still clean and fresh and resembles mint/spearmint.
But the best thing I could be wrong about, is the price. I stated, that it would be a wine of nearly $50 a bottle. How happy I am to be wrong about this; as only recently as this evening, I went out and bought 2 cases of this wine, which worked out at $10.60 a bottle! Woweee.
I often speak about hidden gems in wine. In this case, I have found it. If you are going to try one Cabernet this year (or any wine for that matter), make sure you obtain a bottle of this one. Although it does not display the true Coonawarra characters, this is one of the most enjoyable easy drinking wines I have probably ever come across for under $20. And, at $11.50 a bottle in South Australian bottle-shops, there is no reason not to get all around this wine!
Coonawarra’s 2013 vintage might be one of the best for Cab-Sav’s I have ever come across. I keep on getting blown away by the wines that have come out under the 2013 vintage.
Drink: Now to 2022
The SA Wine Guy