Well folks, I’m back on deck after a torrid few weeks! Wine continues to pile up at the door, and my WSET diploma studies continue at pace with only one exam – table wines – to go, thus meaning much more tasting and writing is in order. In some good news, I appear to have topped my class in the sparkling wines unit, with distinctions in tasting and theory, which is a relief of sorts considering the blind lineup included a Deutscher Sekt and a South African sparkling from Western Cape.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about this wine. I found it at a small retailer in the north shore in Sydney, and it’s a winner. A bright ruby colour in the glass, it has aromatics of wood spice, plum and tobacco, with savoury tones. A blend of 65% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 15% cabernet sauvignon, it is dry on the palate, with medium to high acid and chalky tannins. It is expressive of plums, tobacco and earth, with medium length. Overall, the wine is ready to drink now and over the next five years, and is of a good quality due to its length, balance of structure and fruit and hints of complexity in its savoury plum, tobacco and earth characters. Good
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