The aromas of this Cabernet are as intoxicating as the alcohol. Black olives, pinecones and blackberry lull you to flavors of fresh herbs and red berries. The finish is long and mouthwatering for a wine that is delicious now.
Balanced and dry, this is a world away from too many Americans’ idea of Riesling. This medium-weight wine’s green apple and light peach aromas and flavors wear mineral and even classic diesel accents. A solid example from South Australia, a Riesling locale since the early German settlement there.
Earthy aromas of fresh compost and eucalyptus leave you wondering, where’s the fruit? You have to wait until it reaches the palate, then you find the sweet dark fruit with caramel and toasted oak. The bright acids and soft tannins make for a short but pleasant finish.
The sound you hear when you open the bottle is of chainsaws buzzing. Wood, wood and more wood—on the nose, on the palate, on the finish. Some citrus pokes through, but drink soon before it’s totally submerged.