It’s a great story, the one about Serafino (Steve) Maglieri and how he came to Australia in 1964 with a suitcase, about $20 in his pocket and a dream to grow grapes and make wine. Having tasted this wine, I’m so glad he followed through with his dream.
Most people would associate Cabernet Sauvignon with Coonawarra or Margaret River and McLaren Vale usually gets forgotten about when it comes to this variety. Well, I can tell you, this may not be the first McLaren Vale Cabernet I’ve had and it definitely won’t be my last that’s for sure.
A group of mates and I found this (and two more bottles) on a wine list at a local restaurant and it was very reasonably priced. A couple of the fellows thought it smelt ‘new’ like it had just been bottled while another thought it was ‘fresh’. It certainly is exactly that and what got me was the obvious bold dark fruit aromas that burst from the glass and which were lapped up by my nose and palate.
When it comes to the flavours of this wine, it’s like watching the Umbilical Brothers. There is plenty going on, but what is going on is so well structured and presented. Plus, at the end of it all, everyone is blown away by what they have experienced and are pleased with the great return for their dollar.
I have to add, I had enough of my steak left to accompany the wine and it worked perfectly together! A testament to it winning a couple of gold medals including a blue gold.
Region: McLaren Vale Price: $28 (on line) Source: Restaurant purchase