I most regularly taste two styles of Coonawarra cabernet – the first style, less frequently seen, can resemble red Bordeaux, while the second is unique and allows me to spot Coonawarra from 100 paces; a Coonawarra goût de terroir. As it happens, I enjoy both styles.
This particular wine falls into the latter category. I have sometimes called this unique aromatic “iron earth”, but it is probably more accurately a combination of licorice, dark olives and earth. Anyway, it certainly describes the aromatics of this wine, a 2002 release from Brand’s of Coonawarra. The palate has medium length with black cherry supplementing the earth and licorice flavours. On the other side of the ledger, the acidity seems a little high for the wine and there’s a little heat on the finish. But on balance, its positive attributes outweigh.