McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Very dark colour with some purple hints still, has thrown a light crust and there are ultra fine tartaric crystals floating in the wine (reflecting the substantial degree of added acidity).
Smells hot, rustic, savoury, tinned tobacco – will be leathery with a little more age.
Rugged dense short palate. Sweet simple tomato leaf flavour and rather fairly hard, dark chocolate, tannic acid finish. The finish is rather dominant, the fruit flavour short.
Looking at the number of gold medals and trophies on the label I know that I’m really out of step with Australian wine show judges, at least when it comes to cabernet. And so is Anne who tasted the wine completely blind – her initial comment “too limey (added acid), and worse with food, can I have the other wine (Chateau Puygueraud 2002) instead please”
It is an amazing (very hard work), and very artificial, task that wine show judges do. Little wonder that they consistently admire some odd wines.
This wine: heroic, dense, dull, dumb. No finesse.
The Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for the “Most Successful Wine of the Show Circuit” in Australia over the past 12 months.
96 points James Halliday
95 points Jeremy Oliver