Appealing dark berry fruits with light plum & hints of black currant and with regional aromatic mint. The well-structured palate expresses sweet berry fruit and light oak flavours. Ripe dark berries, plum and dusty mulberry characters abound with a hint of regional mint highlighting the lush palate flavours. Fine grained soft tannins add to the attractive lingering fruit.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
"It’s an Aussie version of an uncomplicated Claret. Structure, fruit, varietal integrity and a satisfying finish. It’s not thick or concentrated, overdone or especially impressive. It’s just good cabernet drinking. Dark in the glass. Some blackcurrant notes. Some chalkiness. Maybe some honey/chocolate. I’d give it another year, then drink it over the next handful. "Rating 89 - Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com (13/MAY/2011)
A respected name from SA’s Coonawarra, our top cabernet district. A rich, fruit-driven style with a whisper of oak.Ian MacTavish, Better Homes & Gardens (01/JUL/2011)
Coonawarra cabernet is the thinking persons choice of red wine; rich without being too jammy; structured without being too lean. This is a fruit-driven wine with a palate dominated by dark wild berry characters and hints of blackcurrant with a few minty notes. There is the merest hint of oak influence, sensible alcohol levels at 13.5 per cent and an appealing softness. With nice tannin structure, this has easygoing appeal and would be great with a steak. Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner (05/06/2011)
Opens with a distinctive cool mint nose so typical of Coonawarra. Its a medium-bodied cabernet displaying fine tannins and subtle oak in support of the soft fruit flavours. Perfect as a wine to drink over the next few years and best while it retains some fresher primary fruit flavours. Rating 88 - Ray Jordan, Western Australian(12/May/2011)
By no means is this new Coonawarra cabernet, released in tandem with an equally good 2009 chardonnay, a blockbuster. Like recent vintages its very approachable with minimum oak treatment, soft and supple, textured and easy drinking with sweet black fruit flavours, a hint of mint and juicy tannins." Kerry Skinner, llawarra Mercury, (13/APR/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep ruby red with purple tinges.
An intense nose of blackcurrant and red fruits with lifted mint characters. The small amount of oak maturation lends deft notes of toast and sweet spice to the fruit aromas.
The well-structured palate expresses sweet berry fruit and light oak flavours. Ripe dark berries, plum and dusty mulberry characters abound with a hint of regional mint highlighting the lush palate flavours. Fine grained soft tannins add to the attractive lingering fruit.
Try strips of beef, wokfried in blackbean sauce and served with soba noodles and Asian greens as a great accompaniment. This Cabernet would also be superb after dinner with a selection of cheeses including vintage cheddar and rich blue with plum paste and sliced pear, enjoyed with friends.
The 2009 vintage was preceded by a brief blast of heat with four consecutive days of record high temperatures in Coonawarra. Fortunately, healthy vine canopies shielded most varieties from any major damage. Cool to mild temperatures and dry conditions followed this heat blast, providing a long slow ripening period, producing fruit that was harvested at optimum ripeness.