This wine gets 14 months oak aging, and two and a half years of bottle age; this is the current vintage. Hats off to Franz for making a completely different sort of Barossa Cabernet. That it’s under 13% alcohol is just the tip of the iceberg; there’s cola, black pepper and plum flavors, and aromas of spice and leather. Feels fresh and spry, but its age has also…
There’s a lot to like about this wine, including deep peppery aromas and interesting cedar-toffee accents on the palate. This reviewer, however, found the fruit a little stewy, and the acids a little low. Its chunky, fruity style will surely win fans, if the supercool bottle packaging doesn’t do it first.
Nicely complex, this offering combines cherry fruit with plenty of leathery, smoky and herbal nuances. In fact, one might argue there’s a touch too much leather, as it seems to dull the fruit slightly, smoothing out any rough edges, but also lessening the fruit’s bite. The wine is medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel that finishes on a leathery note.
The packaging is great: a heavy bottle, with all the wine’s details handwritten in what looks like White-Out on an otherwise unlabeled bottle. But for all that style, what’s in the bottle is good, but not quite as exciting as the outside package: there’s stewy plum fruit, heavy helping of wood, and caramel and cream aromas.