d’Arenberg 2010 Coppermine Road  Cabernet Sauvignon: Tasting Note

Within the Icons series of d’Arenberg wines ‘Coppermine Road’ has some sparkly new attire, along with its siblings Dead Arm Shiraz and Ironstone Pressings.   The whole range looks very smart and, well, iconic.

In McLaren Vale, Cabernet sits in the shadows a little.  Grenache and Shiraz playing a more prominent role in the warm climate.  None the less, Cabernet Sauvignon still performs, if somewhat less herbaceous style than slightly cooler regions like Coonawarra.  The 2010 vintage was a very good, with abundant winter rains and a mild summer with many cool nights.  All would suggest a good year for Cabernet.

dArenberg Coppermine Road

dArenberg Coppermine Road

The d’Arenberg 2010 Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon was an interesting beast.  Slowly developing and unfurling in the glass.  At first the herbaceous characters were hidden, but over time became more prevalent. Pretty violet florals initially leaping about. Earthy roast meats counterpoint to the ripe dark berry characters.

On the palate it’s smooth and pleasure, without being slick.  A lithe little number with fresh dark berries, warm spices and dark chocolate.  Ripe but not over-ripe fruit, perfectly balanced and poised.  Warmed black olive adds a savoury edge. Herbacous tomato leaf flavours sits well in the persistent finish.  Well rounded body, with fine chalky tannins not dominating.  Interest and balance keep me coming back for another glass.

Food match: Slow roasted lamb with cauliflower puree.

RRP $65
Alc 14.2%
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

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