d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet sauvignon is not something that necessarily comes to mind when I think of McLaren Vale.  However, that the wine will not resemble Bordeaux for climatic reasons is no flaw in my view.  Instead, it’s a look from a different angle at what cabernet sauvignon is capable of, and in the right hands – such as here – it is a very valid look.  In this case, Chester Osborn and Jack Walton have fashioned a very good Coppermine Road cabernet sauvignon indeed from the 2010 vintage.  Dark and opaque in the glass, the wine has aromatics that remind of black olives, anise, licorice, dark plums and earth.  It is not unlike a Coonawarra in some respects.  The palate has long length and an attractive depth of flavour of dark olives and dark plums.  This is a very good and balanced wine that will provide enjoyable drinking over the next 10 years or so, and probably longer.

Rating: Very Good, Abv: 14.2%, Price: $65, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.darenberg.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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