Coonawarra, South Australia. 14%
Andrew Caillard ( in Gourmet Wine Traveller Dec 08) described this as “brilliantly focused Paulliac look-alike”. Which grabbed my interest and deep suspicion. But it is almost free of minty eucalypt aromas and flavours. Quite noticeable tannins, though more approachable than I’d expect a 2006 Bordeaux to be. Does this mark a new style for Coonswarra? Good value. I plan to buy a case.
UPDATE May 2012 – on a positive note this wine is more savoury than many of the better Australian cabernets, however it is still a tad alcoholic with too much (added) acid giving a tamarillo juice quality – thankfully this tones down a good deal with breathing (so decant for 20 mins before serving).
Dec 2012 – Opened last bottle because Dan Murphy are offering this as a “cellar release”. It’s not an old mature wine by a long way. It is Bordeaux like, savoury – whereas Margaret River wines are Bordeaux like in flavour profile. So while this is food friendly it doesn’t really capture the best characteristics of claret. Good solid claret, workman like.