When it comes to most of South East Australia, 2011 produced a lot of mediocre to bad red wines and more than a few surprises. This Bordeaux blend from Adrian Rodda falls in the latter camp and it’s a good example of why I’m not keen on writing the vintage off. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 13% Malbec and 12% Merlot.
Yes, there are noticeable herbal themes aromatically but the black and red forest berries carry them with aplomb, leaving clean fruit as the presiding impression after you’ve swallowed. It’s a savoury, rubbed tobacco affair with a nip of chocolate. The acidity is at first nervy but settles with time and, crucially, the tannin is not under-ripe. Spice and florals round out the picture. Looked even more cohesive and convincing after a day or so of being open. I reckon you could argue that I’m being too conservative on the score but the fact is I really enjoyed drinking it. 91
Tasted: August 2013