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Showing posts with label Cabernet Sauvignon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cabernet Sauvignon. Show all posts

Thursday, October 29, 2015

2012 Hayshed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon2012 was a strong vintage for the Margaret River, as well as many other regions in Australia. Fruit for this wine all came from the estate vineyard. Grapes were open fermented prior to spending 18 months in good quality french oak.

Ripe dark berry aromas with hints of chocolate and just a touch of mint. Wonderfully balanced and finely structured palate, with well integrated oak. Paired fantastic with braised lamb shanks.

Price:      $30
Source:   CRU Bar and Cellar
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.hayshedhill.com.au




Thursday, October 8, 2015

1998 Yalumba ' The Menzies' Cabernet Sauvignon

Named after politician and wine enthusiast Sit Robert Menzie, the grapes for this wine all come from the Menzies vineyard in Coonawarra.

Initial cigar box and black pepper aromas opened up in the decanter to reveal more dark berry fruit and developed well over about an hour. Didn't detect any of the eucalypt like aromas, common in wines from Coonawarra.  The tannins have aged gracefully and the acidity is still in tact and well balanced, resulting in excellent structure and length. This wine has developed well and likely still has a few good years ahead of it.

Price:      $60
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.yalumba.com


Monday, August 24, 2015

2010 Ros Ritchie Cabernet Sauvignon

After 25 years of making wine with Delatite, Ros Ritchie set up Ros Ritchie Wines in Victoria, where she sources grapes from several small growers. While her focus is on more aromatic varietals such as Riesling and Gwurztraminer, she produces a wide range of different wines from the region.

Dark blackberry fruits with hints of licorice, mint and wet stone. Fine tannins, moderate oak, and a good level of residual acidity. A very nice Cabernet, at a smart price. I suspect this wine has many good years left in it.

Price:      $30
Source:   CRU Bar
Varietal:  Cabernet
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.rosritchiewines.com/




2010 Wynns 'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon

As many Australian wine fans are well aware the Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best value wines from the Coonawarra region, and generally ages quite well. While it's certainly one to buy up and cellar, I've notice a few times I've been able to buy this wine with a few years already on it for very little mark up. An attractive proposition to someone like myself with a fairly small wine fridge.

This 2010 is coming along nicely. Chocolate, earth, and mint, line up well with the dark berry and plum aromas. Maybe a hint of cigar box developing. Still plenty of life left in the tannins of this wine, but they're becoming quite silky and very enjoyable. Look forward to seeing this wine again in another few years.

Price:      $30
Source:   Vintage Cellars
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.wynns.com.au

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2008 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon

Coming from Dan Murphy's current cellar release, this is a nicely aged Cabernet for little money to help warm you up on those cool winter nights. Possibly more directed towards those that like a riper expression of Cabernet, this is drinking well now and fit the bill with lamb loin chops.

Tobacco, anise and dark berry fruit develop into more raisiny notes in the glass. Fairly intense palate with very nice tannin structure and moderate length. A nice example of this style of Cabernet, at a very fair price.

Price:      $23
Source:   Dan Murphy's 
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.tahbilk.com.au

Monday, May 4, 2015

2012 Skimstone Shiraz Cabernet

Skimstone produce estate grown wines in the Mudgee region of New South Whales. While they predominately make wines using Italian varietals they have also produced this Shiraz Cabernet.

Moderate aromas of red berries, chocolate, and anise. Acidity seems a little unchecked and tannins were a touch grippy, for my taste. Perhaps this wine just needs more time to settle down. Might be one for the cellar.

Price:      $30 RRP
Source:   VInoMofo
Varietal:  Shiraz, Cabernet
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    88
Website:  www.skimstone.com.au

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2012 Vinomofo Old Money Cabernet Sauvignon


This is probably my pick of most recent batch of collaborations between wine retailers Vinomofo and wine makers around the country. This Cabernet was made by Sam Brand, a fourth generation winemaker in the Coonawarra region, from fruit sourced from his family vineyards.

A very approachable Cabernet in it's youth with a nose delivering plenty of dark berry fruit and a hint of mint, characteristic of the region. Super soft tannins and good fruit character make this easy drinking, smooth, and very ready to drink now.

Not one for the cellar, but a very good wine to share with friends over food.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.vinomofo.com


Monday, September 22, 2014

2009 Wynns Coonawarra Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

You can't think about Australia's Coonawarra region without thinking about Cabernet Sauvignon, and this is an excellent example of why that is, from an iconic producer in the region.

One of the great things about Wynns black label Cabernet is that it is fairly easy to track down.  I was able to find both this 2009 and a 2010 at a major retailer and noted the 2012 was also available.

Great nose with dark vibrant fruits, a hint of tobacco, and that classic hit of mint, so distinctive of Coonawarra Cabernet.  Full bodied with decent length on the palette and hints of blackberry. Great structure and almost velvety tannins. A fantastic Cabernet for this price, I would buy it again. It drank wonderfully with grilled lamb loin chops.  Likely to have quite a few years left in it, so if I see it again I'll get one for the wine fridge.

Price:     $30
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93 
Website: http://www.wynns.com.au/


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet

Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet 2013I'm not entirely sure how this wine ended up on my wine rack, but I was pleased to find it, after a long day at work.  The Long Rail Gully vineyard resides in Murrumbateman, approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra and was first planted in 1998.

I was pleasantly suprised when I took s whiff of these to find a nicely balanced Cab/Shiraz blend with lots of black cherry and nice integration of oak.  Quite soft tannins and short lived on the palate.  Having tasted this over a couple of days I have the feeling this might not be a very long lived wine.  However, a pretty decent mid week quaffer and pleasant find for me.

 Price:     $20 (Unless you find it on your wine rack:)
Varietal: Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.longrailgully.com.au/

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carachelo 2011

I've decided to taste varietals or regions I haven't tried before this weekend. Was a good weekend to do so as two of Brisbane's best wine merchants, Craft Red Hill and Wine Experience,  had some really interesting and unusual wines on for tasting.  One that really caught my interest was a 2011 Carchelo from Jumila, Spain.

Nice fruity nose with notes of blueberries, anise and maybe tobacco.  Great soft tannins and generally a very juicy wine.  Nice light oak treatment makes this a very drinkable wine and allows for great expression of the fruit. I'll be testing this out over the next few weeks, but I'm betting this is a real crowd pleaser.

Price: $20
Varietal: Blend
Rating: 90
Tasted: June 2014