De Bortoli are doing some pretty interesting things at all levels of wine at the moment, with labels, regions and grape varieties abounding in their portfolio. Their 2012 estate grown cabernet sauvignon from their Dixons Creek vineyard tasted here mostly impressed. A deep intensity purple in colour, it has aromatics of French oak, clove, cedar, violets, some mulberry hidden away, anise and more classic blackcurrant and bay leaf with time in the glass. The palate has a medium length finish, and flavours reminding of bay leaf, pepper, spice and mulberry. It has fine grained tannins and a good depth of flavour of blackcurrant and clove coming through, as well as some green peppercorn. It’s more at the cooler climate end of an expression of cabernet sauvignon, lacking some of the opulent mid palate seen in left bank styles that I so love, but there is certainly a depth of flavour and intent that suggests that this wine may improve in the bottle over the next few years. Good
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