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Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This is another very good vintage of Bowen Estate’s cabernet sauvignon.  It still tastes youthful, and would benefit from a further few years in the cellar to reveal its full charms.  Its aromatics are a pure fruited expression of blackcurrant, chocolate and earth.  The palate has warmer climate Coonawarra cabernet notes of dark olives and…Continue readingBowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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Reschke Bos Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

This is a very left bank Bordeaux like wine from Reschke in Coonawarra. Developing in character, it has an awkward start with some clumsy sweet oak characters, before settling into very pleasant blackcurrant and earthy aromatics. I did wonder about a light seasoning of brett. The palate is still unfurling with between a medium and…Continue readingReschke Bos Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2010 was a good vintage in Coonawarra, with an early harvest following above average summer temperatures.  Katnook’s Odyssey cab sav is a benchmark from the region, and so it’s always interesting to look in on.  The 2010’s aromatics are typical Coonawarra with mint, eucalyptus and spearmint characters dominant and blackcurrant lurking at the back.  Cloves,…Continue readingKatnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A multi-regional blend of cabernet sauvignon sourced from Coonawarra and the Clare Valley.  This wine (also tasted in the tropics where it may have been given a light cooking) tasted a little jumpy.   Blackcurrant, ribena and blueberry characters feature.  The palate is towards full bodied and is sweet fruited in impression.  Pleasant enough.  Rating:…Continue readingJim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Two cabernets; Ring.Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Hollick The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Since attending a magnificent Margaret River v Coonawarra tasting a few weeks ago (you can read about it here), the contrasts of these two regions are front of mind. Hollick The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, CoonawarraThis wine is more open than many Coonawarras, but its young firm tannins suggest it will close down soon.  Blackcurrant…Continue readingTwo cabernets; Ring.Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Hollick The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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An outstanding Margaret River v Coonawarra cabernet tasting

I attended recently a wonderful benchmarking exercise of Margaret River and Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends.  A number outstanding wines were presented.  Tasted blind, there were more similarities between the regions than differences.  Nonetheless, to draw out the tasting distinctions, the Coonawarra wines tended to have a slightly fresher acidity profile, and in the…Continue readingAn outstanding Margaret River v Coonawarra cabernet tasting

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A bracket of 1994 cabernets

I was fortunate to taste recently a bracket of 1994 cabs blind, with a representative from each of the Yarra Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux.  The least expensive of this set in fact showed most impressively.  Aged Coonawarra probably deserves more attention than it gets. Wantirna Estate Cabernet Merlot 1994Wantirna Estate was…Continue readingA bracket of 1994 cabernets

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A vinous round up

Here is a vinous round up of wine notes that I, for one reason or another, have not been quick enough to type out individual posts on, but nonetheless ought to be commented upon.  There are some very good wines among these.  In re-reading them, it is a bit of vinous Noah’s Ark which, more…Continue readingA vinous round up

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A couple of Granges: Penfolds Grange 2008 and 1990 vintages

I was very fortunate to taste these two wines.  Supply was not limited either.  The first is the legendary 1990 Grange which US wine magazine Wine Spectator awarded wine of the year (in 1995), and I am told set Grange off on its current, as yet unceasing, northward price trajectory.  The second is the 2008…Continue readingA couple of Granges: Penfolds Grange 2008 and 1990 vintages

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One wine, two tasting notes: Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I recently looked at Yalumba’s The Menzies cabernet sauvignon 2012 vintage as part of evaluating a wine for WSET level 3 teaching.  The WSET methodology is a style of tasting note that is quite structured and formal, but is it in fact more useful for those wanting to know what’s likely to be in the…Continue readingOne wine, two tasting notes: Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is a good Phoenix cabernet sauvignon release from Penley Estate in Coonawarra.  2013 was a good vintage in Coonawarra, and it has very typical regional aromatics of licorice, black olives and earth.  The palate has mid range length and enough tannin to suggest something more than current drinking.  It was still drinking well after…Continue readingPenley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Rymill June Traminer 2005

Rymill’s June Traminer is a botrytis affected gewurtztraminer from Coonawarra.  Despite the unusual combination for the region, as usual, I enjoyed this wine.  An exercise in manuka honey and apricots, this viscously textured dessert wine is another very good release.  Good to Very Good Abv: 12.5%, Price: $20, Vendors and website: http://www.rymill.com.au, Tasted: 2015Continue readingRymill June Traminer 2005