McLaren Vale Cabernet was the staple variety that brought Marienberg under the spotlight during its early years. They were formidable wines with a distinguished pedigree. I’ve used lightly charred French oak to recreate that style. This wine is full and firm with solid texture and drying tannins. It’s an imposing wine for fine occasions.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance is deep opaque red with vibrant purple hues around the rim with viscous alcohol legs on the glass.
The bouquet is intense with alcohol spirit, cedar wood and earthy mushrooms immediately obvious. There is ripe blackcurrant richness and a lingering herbaceous, forest floor character. The aromas continue to grow as the wine opens up in the glass revealing lovely oak and leafy herbs.
The palate is powerful and full with firm dry tannins giving solid structure and great length. The Rozaklis vineyard in Aldinga produces long living wines that can carry big oak and develop slowly over many years. This wine is just starting to show the rich dark chocolate character that is typical of the region.
From a hearty Guinness pie to a grand Beef Wellington this is a wine for complex flavoured meat dishes and rich sauces. Steak dishes from any cut make a great match and decanting prior to serving is recommended to allow it to open up at room temperature.
This is a classic McLaren Vale wine which will deliver excellent drinking over a decade of cellaring. From release it offers an intense flavour experience which will continue to develop and gain complexity as it matures in bottle.