Apparently it’s #CabernetDay today, which isn’t the best thing for my Thursday because there’s still one more day of work! But, doesn’t mean we can’t hold a tasting, hold our breaths tomorrow, then get back to the show over the weekend! (Just don’t be driving; I am, so I won’t be drinking)
So we had 6 wines from more recent vintages, with representatives from the various Australian states of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. I did omit a couple of options from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Eden Road in the Canberra district, but we would have really struggled for a Thursday tasting. The wines are presented in the order of tasting, and I have transcribed my scribbles as best as I could.
Dalwhinnie Moonamble Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Pyrenees, Western Victoria, Australia
AUD$50. Intense inky purple color with youthful aromas of blackberry jam, creme de cassis, allspice and oaky vanilla. A full-bodied wine with plenty of acidity which is really necessary otherwise the sheer weight of the flavours would overwhelm and make this boring after a single glass. Firm unyielding tannins that take ages to fade away, retaining the rich flavours of blackberry and blackcurrants. Drink now – 2022. 91+/100.
Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
AUD$45. Intense black ruby color. Youthful aromas of blackcurrants, black plums, black olives and finely crushed dried herbs. A medium+ bodied wine, fine balance of the fine grainy tannins with acids for a fleshy sensation of ripe plum and blackcurrant syrup. A long finish, this is great with charcuterie board. Drink 2015 – 2012. 90/100.
Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia
AUD$30. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Made from destemmed fruit. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, a third new oak. Intense inky ruby color, lifted notes of blackcurrants, blueberry, dark chocolate overtones and hints of violet florals. A med+ to full-bodied wine with high acidity and moderate fine grained tannins. Easy drinking, fuss free, flavours of reduced dark berries, spice and roughly ground peppercorns. Drink now – 2020. 89-90/100
Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia
AUD$30. Intense dark ruby color. Youthful aromas that are slightly restrained, needs a bit of work and swirling to unveil more aromas, notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, warm scrub bush, and hint of blackpepper. A full-bodied wine, robust tannin structure with high acidity. Flavours of blackberry with cedar and spicy seasonings, and pepper on the long finish. Interesting wine to see whether it develops overs two more years, but drinkable now certainly. Drink now – 2017. 89/100
Glaetzer Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia
AUD$40. I somehow got convinced that it was valid to put this into a Cabernet lineup, must have been the growing effect of the earlier wines. I have to confess to finding the Glaetzer wines rather boring and one dimensional, I have cleared out my stock of Glaetzer wines. The 2010 is black purple in colour, staining the glass with every swirl. Intense youthful aromas of blackcurrants, blueberry, warm jam, dried meats and spice. It is absolutely full-bodied, high 15% alc, plenty of young firm tannins and high acidity. Rich flavours of blackcurrant, syrupy in nature, earthy but the use of new French/American oak is obvious and is a distraction in my opinion. This will need time, drink 2015 – 2025. 90-91/100.
Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, McLaren Vale / Langhorne Creek, South Australia
AUD$47. A blend of McLaren Vale fruit with Langhorne Creek. Aged in 80/20 American/French oak with 53% new. Intense inky black color. Intense aromas of blackcurrant, liquor vapours, mint, dark chocolate and a warm pan grille. Very over-powering for the end of the night. I really need my eye fillet steak with all the horse radish for this one! Full-bodied and full throttle joocey, robust berry jam flavours with baking spice, nutmeg, plenty of acid but that’s an afterthought. 15% alc. Surprisingly, even the tannins get overcome by the fruit weight. I raised the white flag after one glass. Some may love this style of wine, but I’m not in that bunch. But a well-made wine, no doubts about that. Drink 2015 – 2020. 92/100.