What first captured my attention with this wine was, “The Coldstream Guard”. I figured it would have some sort of history behind it and I love history (regardless of whether it had anything to do with the wine or not).
As it turns out, The Coldstream Guard is part of the Guards Division, Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. It is the oldest regiment in the regular army in continuous active service originating in Coldstream, Scotland in 1650 (thanks Wikipedia). I don’t know if this has anything to do with the wine but it makes for interesting reading…for some people. 🙂
This is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon but it has some Pinot Noir (true), Shiraz and Merlot in support. Sorry, I’m not sure of the percentages but it doesn’t matter because winemaker extraordinaire, Paul Bridgeman, (to use the back label) “unites these batches to create a blend unique to each vintage that is indisputably nulli secundus (‘second to none’)”.
I liked how things started. The cabernet influence was always going to be front and centre and it was. Blackberries and blackcurrants aplenty on the nose but it was on the palate where these fruits really shone. Juicy, fruity and lush but still fresh thanks to some red fruit influence. I sense there was some whole bunch in there adding a really good, balanced, herbal dimension to the wine with just a smattering of spice at the back end.
It’s a lovely rich wine but it is such that it does not sit heavy on the palate. This is where the Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Merlot are clearly best friends and have worked together in doing their job perfectly with this wine. The tannins are really gentle and don’t upset what’s happening in the grape variety group. They seem to know their place. The Scottish Coldstream Guard will have trouble keeping this deliciously drinkable Yarra Valley blend from being snapped up by all and sundry that’s for sure.
Region: Yarra Valley, Vic Price: $50 Source: Cellar Door Purchase