2016 Huntington Estate ‘Special Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon

I was talking to someone about this wine and, for some reason, I said Cabaret instead of Cabernet.  I must admit to having a bit of a chuckle to myself because I immediately thought of the song ‘Cabaret’ by Liza Minnelli (a bit before my time I’d like to add).  I checked out the lyrics and, mostly, it’s an upbeat song.  However, there is an element of sadness to it but, if nothing else, one of the lines is, ♫Come taste the wine ♫, which I did of course, and there is no mistaking, this is a Cabernet old chum.

The colour is a lovely, shiny, deep red and you can see the life in it.  It smells beautifully plummy, blackberry-y and spicy.  There’s plenty to like when tasting it that’s for sure.  An abundance of lush, mouth-filling black fruits, it’s savoury and spicy with a slight herb and leafy character too.  As with all these wines at such a young age, the tannins are noticeable but have been tamed by the quality fruit, and gee it’s got great length.  It seems to sit there forever.  And the last words for this wine come from my version of the final line in the ‘Cabaret’ song.  ♫And I love this Cabernet ♫.

Huntington Estate Website

Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $45     Source: Sample thanks to Huntington Estate

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