I continue to purchase Bowen Estate’s cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra year-in, year-out, but seldomly drink them as most of our stock is still too young. I decided to look in on the 2007 vintage and wasn’t disappointed.
The wine is evolving nicely, and unexpectedly appeared much more left bank Bordeaux like than a Margaret River cabernet that I had just reviewed. It has aromatics of pencil lead, true blackcurrant and an elegant expression. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium to long length, resolved tannins that are fine grained and flavours of blackcurrant, Christmas cake and pencil shavings. There’s a touch of heat, but it’s not distracting. Some anise and black olive appeared with time. Overall, this 2007 Bowen cabernet is good due to its balance of length and fruit, with its high alcohol not managing to nudge it off its path.