Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is often the forgotten wallflower, while everyone is checking out the Shiraz hottie in the centre of the room.
The long awaited 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Turkey Flat, show typical restrained style which I love across their portfolio. Not an overripe, super extracted style much to my relief. You can tell its Cabernet with just a hint of herbaceous/tomato leaf on the nose. Sometimes I find this not that attractive in the variety but here it’s well balanced by juicy red fruit, and an intriguing earthiness. Pretty violets adds to the mix.
The palate shows nice acid balanced with rich dark fruit, which makes me think it could be a 10-15 year proposition. This was tasted just at release, but the tannins were fine and soft. Again the same aroma characters are present on the palate; spicy cinnamon and liquorice, rich cocoa powder, with that savoury edge that lingers unremittingly.
Sometimes it’s the forgotten ones you have to watch.
Only 500 cases produced
Scores: James Halliday 94pts Tyson Stelzer 93pts
Sample provided by producer