2016 Chateau Yaldara Retro Barossa Valley Cabernet Franc

Everyone knows the members of the Beatles.  Well certainly everyone from my era.  How many of you know they all had solo careers?  Yep, even the little drummer boy Ringo.  Even though they branched out on their own, they never got back together to produce that magic again.

How many of you know the general make up of the troupe, the Bordeaux Blends?  Not as many I suspect.  Front and centre is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with back up support from Malbec and Petit Verdot.  All of these have been given the opportunity to try their luck on their own, some more successful than others, but know they will always reunite on a stage again somewhere.

Cabernet Franc is one of the members that I rarely see performing solo (unless I’m not looking in the right places).  I can’t remember how many straight Cabernet Francs I’ve tasted and I was surprised how many Australian producers have one in their team.

After the obligatory greetings it’s down to business with this wine.  Not that it’s a stuffy suit and tie kind of thing, it just doesn’t like to waste time.  That’s quite obvious from the start because the colour (inky), the aromas (dark fruits) and the flavours (plums, blackberries, slight fennel) are bolt upright, methodical and a well presented lineup.

This one is a thumper of a version that needs red meat and it got it!


Region: Barossa Valley     Price: $35     Source: Sample

Yaldara Cab Franc

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