Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Whitsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Precisely what I’m looking for in Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon…even if it does include 2.5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. So elegant, uncluttered and timeless. I did mention to winemaker David Bicknell that the only thing missing was some Cabernet … Continue reading

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2012 Richmond Grove Limited Release Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Does a prominent Cabernet Sauvignon doughnut make the wine more varietal? Should it be rated more highly as a result? Lashings of fruit, a touch of dustiness on the nose and a substantial amount of mint. Blackcurrants, truffle, dark chocolate, … Continue reading

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2012 Xanadu Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Strong imprint of the region, impressive depth and length. Balanced and not overdone. Mulberry over cassis with glimmers of redcurrant. Bay leaf, assorted spice. A little dip in the middle but it doesn’t impact the line. Long strand tannin and … Continue reading

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2012 Veronique Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

I can’t find the bottle or a press release so I assume I’ve thrown them out. I live in a small flat which gets cluttered quickly. Anyway this tastes like the Eden Valley to me. I’m sure someone will let … Continue reading

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2009 Forester Estate Yelverton Reserve Cabernet

Forester Estate have always frustrated me but this is downright confounding; $62 for what seems to be no more than a pizza wine. I guess you’re paying for the word ‘Reserve’ on the label. Unsatisfactory depth of flavour at the … Continue reading

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2012 dalla mia Finestra Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Elegant, Yarra Valley Cabernet in the luncheon claret mode (not meant to be pejorative or give any indication that it won’t age well) . An earlier pick was necessitated by significant bird strikes on the grapes in 2012. Has that … Continue reading

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2013 Bleeding Heart Big Rivers/McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Simple weeknight quaffing Cabernet but does its job very well. Aromas centre on Ribena and plum with suggestions of tobacco and gum leaf. Mostly pepper spice. Not much oak in evidence but varietal tannin is pleasing. 87 Region: Big Rivers, … Continue reading

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2012 Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Cabernet Sauvignon

“Willard: Are you crazy, Goddammit? Don’t you think it’s a little risky for some R&R? Kilgore: If I say its safe to surf this beach, Captain, then it’s safe to surf this beach! I mean, I’m not afraid to surf … Continue reading

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2012 McWilliam’s Appellation Series Cabernet Sauvignon

The Hilltops region didn’t escape the rain that hit most NSW grape growing areas in 2012. It’s left its mark on this wine. Not really green or unripe but dilute and lacking substance. More black and red berries than cassis. … Continue reading

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2011 Teusner The Gentleman Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve recently moved onto the 2012 of Teusner’s The Gentleman Cabernet Sauvignon but I’ve got a soft spot for the 2011 and as I’m sure it is still out there in retail land, thought it worthy of a review. Luncheon … Continue reading

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