Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Barossa Valley
Hi once again there wine lovers! I just can’t stay clear of the red wines at the moment. With the weather here in South Australia being somewhat bi-polar, I thought I would still let my dark side get the better of me and crack on once again with a red wine review.
There is some method to my madness however. My last review looked at a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon from the same 2013 year. I have covered many Coonawarra Cabernet’s too under the 2013 banner; but this will be the first time this year I have reviewed a 2013 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.
As I was saying, there is method to my madness. This wine, like my last review shares the same vintage and the same price range. Hopefully, I will be able to make some key comparisons with this wine and my previous https://thesawineguy.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/tintara-cabernet-punches-above-its-weight/ review.
Like the Tintara, this wine was also purchased for me as a 30th birthday present. (Hey my friends know me.) This wine was also purchased by someone who does not know a lot about wine either.
So what do we get with our warmer northern wine region’s Cabernet?
On the nose there is a more solid fruit presence, compared to the dry savory aroma of the McLaren Vale. There is distinguishable ripe black currant, and dark berry fruits. I can even pick out a distinct aroma of black forest cake with a small hum of mint.
The palate resembles a big fruit drive. So predictable of the Barossa, it is rich and full body, and quite the gentleman’s wine. (If you want a big red wine for a decent price, this will fulfill your requirements.) Like I stated, it is big fruit. Black currant and black fruit drive this wine from the get-go, with a hint of malt and dark cherry on the mid palate, it is followed up with some soft oak spice, but no herbaceous elements to speak of which were definitely present in the McLaren Vale wine. There is still a bit of “chew” to the fruit and it is very well balanced out by the use of new and used oak both French and American. This wine could have easily ran away on us, but is a grand showcase of precise oak usage to contain the sweet fruit within without being over-sweet, or on the other end of the scale an “oak driven” wine.
**I don’t know if my friends are wine choosing genius’ or they have read my reviews and know what to look for… I think it is just a showcase of what a year 2103 has been for Cabernet. It’s nearly a fail-safe bet. If you pick up a South Australian Cabernet with 2013 on the label, you will be pleasantly rewarded.**
This wine speaks out for the Barossa. It’s a big bold Cabernet, for a very reasonable price. Although it is not as complex and elegant (I find) as the McLaren Vale wine, it does do everything in its power to showcase that even the Barossa Valley benefited from the 2013 vintage when it came to Cabernet too. As we know, the Barossa region is all about the fruit, and when it comes to this particular wine; this bottle does extremely well in letting the drinker know that.
The SA Wine Guy