It is easy to make incorrect assumptions about wine. This wine, cabernet sauvignon from McLaren Vale, shouldn’t be particularly interesting. Perhaps a bit hot, overblown and lacking varietal detail due to the baking growing conditions of McLaren Vale? But it’s not. It’s a delicious and varietally correct expression of cabernet sauvignon that, were it labelled Bordeaux, you would be particularly happy to have purchased. While terroir can be important, I wonder whether the influence of a good winemaker, good grapes and a good enough growing climate, can permit great things to be achieved? Certainly, tasting widely seems to support this proposition and I am mostly little influenced by labels, trends and expectations.
This wine, at 11 years of age, has aromatics of bay leaf and cassis. The palate is full bodied with ripe fruit and well integrated cedar and long length on the finish. McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon at its best. (Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia, Rating: Very Good to Outstanding, Drink: now to 2027)
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