Cabernet is King. Long live the King! I realise this is not how the saying goes and it is not in the context it was originally used for either. However, when a grape such as the noble Cabernet Sauvignon variety is made into a wine like this one, it needs to be heralded.
As recently as three maybe four years ago, if you’d asked me to name a Yarra Valley Cabernet, I would have struggled. I could have named a blend that Dr John Middleton produced and helped put the variety on the Yarra Valley map. Let’s be honest, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the wines most visitors to the region tend to be more familiar with but examples such as this one are going a long way to changing the wine landscape in the Valley.
Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” which is true but, if he had been in Australia, another certain is that you will find aromas and flavours of blackberries in Cabernet. In this case, fresh, juicy and incredibly vibrant.
The blackberries are not alone here with other ‘flavour’ friends in support in the form of ripe dark cherry, a sprinkle of herbs and high percentage cocoa chocolate. The oak and tannin are not trying to hide from all of this either but the fruit is so rich and powerful everything is in perfect balance. It may be medium bodied yet it sits so long, almost lazily on the palate that I was wondering if it was every going to move on. I don’t think this Yarra Valley beauty plans on going anywhere in a hurry.
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria Price: $80 Source: Purchased