Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: McLaren Vale
Hi there once again wine lovers. I’m back on the the illustrious big red wine. Although we are now nearer to summer; I thought I might just sneak in another cheeky red wine review. As you know, the 2012 and 2013 vintages have blessed us in South Australia with some very nice big wines.
As you would be tired of hearing me say by now, 2013 has been the year of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The one that I have right here is no exception to that statement. Why would it want to be anyway?
This little surprise packet was bought for me as a 30th birthday present. I was not at all disappointed by the choice made by a man whom does not know much about wine.
The nose has a beautiful savory character of herbs and fruit intertwined into one. There is Blackcurrant upfront, then you can pick up black cherry with nuances of fennel seeds and clay terracotta. (Terracotta is Italian for “Baked Earth”)
On the palate it displays some chewy black fruit and blackcurrant foremost. Yet it is savory, and there is traces of spice, menthol, tobacco and coffee grounds on the mid palate. The wine leads into dry clay on the finish. We have three contributors to this wine; fruit, herbs and earth. They play their parts in harmony, and are the background elements to good cabernet. There is an elegance to this wine too. Basket pressing technique has been used in the process of extracting the wine juice. Which compliments what is a herbaceous wine with some nice soft sweeter fruit, which this wine needs to tackle what otherwise would have been a tannin explosion. There is a great balance on the palate, and thanks to its savory character, the ability to stick it away for years to come.
For the price, this wine had the power to move me. I wouldn’t mind having more bottles at my disposal.
Drink: 2018 to 2030
The SA Wine Guy