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Reillys 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Review

Clare Valley can experience gorgeous warm summer days. Then in the evening the temperature drops noticeably. So its more of a Continental climate, than a Mediterranean one.  All this leads to ripe complex flavours, without many of the overripe characters experienced by warmer regions.
Reillys Cabernet

The Reillys Cabernet Sauvignon shows subtle aromas of typical Clare Valley menthol, dark berries and hints of warm spices. Generally showing fresh and airy aromas.

On the palate some lovely choc-mint, white pepper, and fresh opulent fruit which is in no way overbearing. The Reillys Cabernet Sauvignon is really quite a restrained style. All rounded out with gentle vanilla oak. Tannis are firm and grippy however. Possibly pairing with red meat (even some Clare Valley salt bush mutton) might tame them at this early stage.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $35
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Best’s Great Western 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Review

150 years in any business should be celebrated. 150 years in business when you are at the mercy of mother nature and still producing excellent wines should be sung from the rooftops. Next year Best’s Great Western will be celebrating this great milestone.

Founded in Victoria’s Great Western wine region in 1866 by Henry Best. In 1920 Best’s Great Western was purchased by the Thomson family, and is still run by the family after 5 generations. Bests Cabernet

The 2014 Best’s Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon shows great concentration and vibrancy, without showing any over extraction.  On the nose its bright, and intense. Ripe dark berry fruit, floral violets and some warm sweet spice add to complexity.

On the palate, concentration is consistent with the aromas.  Packed full of fresh ripe dark berries. Displaying density without being too unctuous or cloying. Warm spices, like cinnamon and clove, envelop the mouth. Acidity keeps everything fresh and in balance. Supportive tannins and fresh acidity mean it could cope with roast spring lamb studded with garlic and rosemary. A smart wine, offering great value. I hope the next 150 years continue making impressive products.

Alcohol: 14.0%
RRP: $25
Region: Grampians, Victoria
Source: Provided by producer

dArenberg 2011 Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Review

Just to prove that preconceived ideas can be a dangerous thing, I give you Exhibit 1: d’Arenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon from 2011.dArenberg Coppermine Road

2011 is well know as being cooler and wetter than normal, although McLaren Vale escaped pretty well in contrast to Barossa and Clare Valley.

Given the cooler year I was expecting, green herbaceous and barely ripe fruit.  Instead the 2011 dArenberg Coppermine Road is lush and rich.  Ripe fruit, not overtly sweet but all in balance. On the nose theres white pepper and subtle spice, dark berries, and leathery make me think Hunter Valley Shiraz.

On the palate lovely acid balances the rich dark berries. Hints of menthol/mint and dark rich chocolate. Lively tannins suggest the dArenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet is a quality age-worthy wine. Proving that challenging vintages let great winemakers shine through.

The defence rests, your Honour.

Alcohol: 14.3%
RRP: $65
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

Wirra Wirra 2013 Church Block: Tasting Note

The Wirra Wirra Church Block from McLaren Vale is always a crowd pleaser, and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. Its good value, fruit forward, everyday WirraWirra Church Blockdrinking. On the nose there is ripe dark fruits, subtle chocolate and roast meats. The herbeacousness  from the Cabernet is less prominent than the 2012 Church Block.  Even though its Cabernet dominant (50%), with Shiraz (37%) and 13% Merlot.

On the palate the 2013 Church Block has dark ripe fruit (mulberry, boysenberry) leap out and kept in balance with fresh acid zing. Soft chalky tannins would happily match with a broad range of foods. Nice length and warming alcohol.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $20
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

Primo Estate 2012 Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese: Tasting Note

The Primo Estate 2012 Zamberlan (Cabernet Sangiovese) is made using the Primo Estate Zamberlan Italian ripasso technique. Newly fermented young Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon is pumped over the dried grape skins from the JOSEPH Moda for additional fermentation. The wine is then pressed and barrel aged.

Lusciously herbaceous Cabernet aromas lead out from the front, hints of dark chocolate adding to the intensity. On the palate the herbaceousness continues, along with the chocolate. Ripe dark fruit, some dried fig and a savoury edge, add to the complexity.  Grippy drying tannins call out for food to provide a counterpoint.  Oak is noticeable at the end, but time will integrate things more.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $35.00
Region: McLaren Vale
Source : Sample

2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon: Tasting Note

Given the substantial proportion of Shiraz planted in McLaren Vale (approximately 51% of 2013 vintage), I’m pleasantly surprised when I rediscover Cabernet in the region.  McLaren Vale is a great region for showing off the vast array of subregional variation – a combination of different climates, altitudes, and about 19 different soil types.  Consequently, picking out the cooler spots in McLaren Vale can yield some sensational parcels of Cabernet.

2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus

Wirra Wirra Angelus

Earlier I looked at the perennial favourite Wirra Wirra Church Block, which has a good dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon in there.  While at the other end of the portfolio price list, the Wirra Wirra 2012 Angelus again shows that McLaren Vale can do Cabernet Sauvignon very well.  The perfume was quite apparent in the room without overwhelming. And I use the term perfume in particular, as the Angelus was distinctly floral (old fashioned rose), complemented by dark ripe fruit, warm spices, and hints of chocolate/choc-mint.

On the palate the  2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon was super fine, with slowing building adhesive tannins.  Precisely balanced, mid to full body, with no noticeable alcohol heat. While not a massive wine, but with persistence of flavour that lingers with great poise.  Showing the usual suspects of dark fruit, blueberries, ripe black cherry. Suggestions of herbaceousness, and a subtle herbal sage character.  With 15 months in French oak and only 20% new, the oak character is definitely in the background. Probably explaining the silky smooth mouthfeel.

Food match: roast lamb studded with rosemary and roasted garlic.

RRP $70
Alc 14.0%
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer