I am never entirely convinced by warmer climate cabernets, but like vintage, producer, name or winemaker pre-judgements, you really can’t make the call until you’ve tried the specific wine. As ever, an open (and critical) mind remains desirable.
Serafino in McLaren Vale have put together a perfectly pleasant cabernet sauvignon from McLaren Vale here. Purple in colour, it warrants a quite long description of aromatics. Leaves, tobacco, more leaves, dust, oak, cloves, herbs, capsicum and dark bitter chocolate all feature. The palate is sweet fruited (the wine itself is dry), with cherry and cassis flavours coming through clearly. Its texture is lightly chalky and dusty. Length on the palate is short to medium, meaning the wine didn’t linger so much on the palate, which I would have liked it to. Serafino’s 2010 cabernet sauvignon is a perfectly well made wine that is suitable for drinking over the next five or so years. Good