An exercise in aged Yarra Valley cabernet: Wantirna Estate Cabernet Merlot 1992 and Arthurs Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Though most wine press for the Yarra Valley these days appears to go to pinot noir, chardonnay and cooler climate expressions of shiraz, the Yarra Valley can produce some quite compelling cabernet sauvignon wines and blends, and this tasting rather proved it. ¬†The more cautious among us might qualify this and say that it provesContinue reading “An exercise in aged Yarra Valley cabernet: Wantirna Estate Cabernet Merlot 1992 and Arthurs Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1992”

Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

Few Napa Valley wines make their way to Australian shores, which is a pity, because I think there is merit in benchmarking Australian cabernet sauvignon to this important wine region as well as the more usual French comparisons. ¬†I spotted this particular cabernet sauvignon at a certain national retailer. ¬† Aromatics of wood spice andContinue reading “Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009”

Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar. ¬†The Langtons¬†classification¬†is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”. ¬†To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formedContinue reading “Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013”

Robert Stein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2009

This inaugural release from Robert Stein in Mudgee is a blend of 66% cabernet sauvignon and 34% shiraz. ¬†It saw 22 months in 100% new French oak, and no fining or filtration. ¬†The result aromatically is one of tobacco, oak, wood and cloves. ¬†On the palate, low to medium acid, medium to long length, veryContinue reading “Robert Stein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2009”

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The Margaret River and Coonawarra are Australia’s two leading cabernet sauvignon regions, of that I have little doubt. ¬†The Yarra Valley can be good, but my impression is that the lesser years seem to outnumber the greater, and of the red grapes,¬†pinot noir and syrah¬†have captured local vigneron’s imagination to a greater extent. ¬†With aContinue reading “Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010”

Cabernet Sauvignon ‚Äď Which clone is that? Or a possible riposte to terroir.

I think I believe in terroir, I do.¬† Wines that taste of a place.¬† An identification with stones, earth, soil, salty or foreign winds, fog and weather that all play their role in maintaining and augmenting this belief.¬† Or care free holidays.¬† But, for my sins, I am also somewhat rational, and wonder, and perhapsContinue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon ‚Äď Which clone is that? Or a possible riposte to terroir.”