|Wine||Raidis Estate “Billy”|
|Varietal||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Region||Coonawarra South Australia|
|Maturation||18 Months in French Oak|
Hi there once again wine lovers.
This evening I take a look at another wine that I received as a 30th birthday present in the Raidis Estate Billy Cabernet Sauvignon.
I have gone on and on about the 2013 Cabernet’s that have been produced out of this region, and this evening I take a look at one produced in the warmer 2012 vintage.
As, I stated, this wine was given to me as a gift, and until I received it I had not heard of Raidis Estate. This was a new experience to a new winery, I was hoping that they would not disappoint.
Upon opening up this wine I was greeted with aromas of Kalamata olive, black cherry, blackcurrants, liquorice and fennel tops. There were subtle hints of vanilla in the glass too, thanks to the presence of French oak used in aging this wine.
The palate drives alone with the black cherry and olive working together, and then rolls around to blackcurrant with hints of coca on the mid-palate. The finish is long and displays rich blackcurrant and liquorice, with hints of olive and ash.
This is a beautiful display of 2012 Cabernet, a near masterpiece in wine making. This wine displays herbaceous elements accompanied with fruit depth and everything we would associate with a good hot climate Cabernet. This wine has not run away from itself in the heat. 18 months in French oak has brought around a great balance to this wine and has added the right amount of tannin structure needed for this wine.
So far from the three friends that gave me wine for my birthday all three have been quite outstanding. However, this is the one that takes the cake! Well played Martins and well played Raidis, this was an exceptional wine for the price. I am looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings for the “Billy”.
Drink: Now – 2032
The SA Wine Guy