You can’t have lamb and not have Cabernet Sauvignon as the wine of choice. They go together, as Forest Gump famously said, “…like peas and carrots” (He meant this in a good way). Any of the Bordeaux blends too, of course, but that’s where I draw the line. When lamb shanks are served up for dinner, choosing the right Cabernet, for us anyway, was a no brainer. This excellent one, from a superb Yarra Valley vintage, was an easy pick.
Berry basket of goodness on the nose with just a hint of leafiness. The palate is rich with blackcurrant and ripe blueberries, texture, just above medium bodied yet elegant and soft, and there’s a little stemminess to it as well. There’s no beg-your-pardon on the finish either as it sticks to the taste buds, so the enjoyment lasts and lasts. It seemed to get better too the longer it was open. A gem.
Levantine Hill has moved on to the 2018 vintage, and I’m sure it will be just as good, but there is still some of this available out there in retail land. It will be well worth the search.
Region: Yarra Valley, Vic Price: $80 Source: Online purchase (of sorts)