Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet 1995

This is an outstanding Heytesbury cabernet blend from Vasse Felix from the highly regarded 1995 Margaret River vintage.  Nearing the end of its prime drinking window, this is cabernet at its best and I mean that in an international comparative context.  This wine would rival most left bank Bordeaux and is compulsory tasting for those […]

Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The Fraser Gallop cabernets I’ve tried to date have all been very good: classically profiled and well proportioned.  The “Parterre” seems to be the wine pitched at the middle of the range, the estate wine a rung lower and the “limited release” above.  The 2012 vintage in the Margaret River is yet another good vintage […]

Atticus Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

A hitherto unsighted label.  It presents quite similarly, in my view, to the better producers of the Margaret River region.  In the glass, this is quite a mature wine, and has a very typical and lovely medium bodied blackcurrant expression.  Bordeaux like, and at or near its peak, I wouldn’t suggest giving this wine further […]

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Vasse Felix’s cabernet sauvignon has crept into the deep $30s on retail shelves.  The 2013 is a good wine, with determined licorice and cassis aromas.  The palate has mid range length, enough tannins to suggest a life ahead and a some balance.  A little monolithic now, it would benefit from a decade in the cellar. […]

Cape Mentelle "Trinders" Cabernet Merlot 2013

I continue to be underweight in Margaret River cabernet sauvignon and blends for no good reason.  This is a lovely release from Cape Mentelle.  Aromatics of cedar and blackcurrant.  Merlot is used judiciously on the palate to add flesh and texture to the cabernet sauvignon beneath.  Rating: Good Read more:www.capementelle.com.au

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009

The Leeuwin Estate “Art Series” chardonnay from the Margaret River is one of Australia’s benchmark chardonnay expressions.  I have previously enjoyed these wines, and this wine is no exception.  However, it must be said that the winemaking influence from oak is quite prominent.  I did not spot how much oak is used on Leeuwin’s website […]