Rich and velveteen, this Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is joined with 13% Malbec, flushing out Cab's structural side with plush blueberry, blackberry jam and peppery spice. Ample dusky, brooding spices and extra ample sticky/tacky tannins house the ripe fruit, one that spent a backbone-building year in French oak (13% new). Savoury dark cherry, mint and sultry tobacco lingers on the finish. Though this certainly carries heft, it brings with it an impressive freshness to carry. This will be happy with a few more years in bottle, though showing very well now with airtime.
Made from certified organically grown grapes. Dusty violet and red berries on the nose before a light to medium-bodied palate of raspberry and strawberry with earthy hints and a distinctive savoury streak supported by juicy acidity and easy tannins before a gently spicy, lengthy end. Exceptional value.
A blend of Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Peach, pineapple, spice, flowers and honey are all in play. Needs something spicy such as pad Thai or a green curry dish to act as a counterpoint to the sweetness.
Fragrant Pinot Noir varietal fruit expression together with elegant floral and light biscuity overtones. Fruit is equally animated on the palate with initial sweet ripeness, then contrasting vibrant acidity and mineral grip, with slightly softening creaminess on the finish.
Opens with bright fresh citrus and floral scents, shifting to citrus and green fruit on the palate, supported by balanced acidity and drying stony mineral on the finish. Clean, light-bodied, food -friendly wine.
Viognier is a varietal which excels with heat, and in 2012, there was an abundance. Peach, apricots, spice, banana, white flowers and honey exudes from the glass. It is mid-weight with soft acid and a fruit-driven finale. Drink now.