This lush, full-throttle Cab is organically grown and includes 14% Petite Verdot. Intense mint, chocolate and blueberry aromas waft out of the glass. It’s firm and tightly structured, but at once evenly textured and mouthfilling. Layers of tobacco, more mint, leather, chocolate and blueberry flavors coat the palate. Hardy tannins will soften with cellaring, but the…
This is an interesting, pleasing blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Petit Verdot, organically grown in Langhorne Creek. I like how unusual its characteristics are—aromas of menthol and blackberry, and flavors of clove, cinnamon and black plums. Altogether it is a harmonious, medium-bodied wine worth a look. Imported by Australian Wine Connection.
Two-thirds Shiraz and one-third Malbec, this wine is surprisingly soft in the mouth, considering its near-black color and plum and cherry fruit. Big, burly tannins come in on the finish. A tasty wine, black but not at all oppressively so.
This unusual blend is 68% Shiraz and 32% Malbec, resulting in a full-bodied, deeply plummy wine. Hints of clove, pepper and earth impart welcome complexity on the nose, while the flavors fold in a black olive component. Softly tannic, so drink now or hold 2-3 years.
This round, soft, alcoholic wine deserves praise for its spicy-peppery warmth and abundant cherry fruit. Those same qualities are also its biggest shortcoming: The low acidity and high alcohol make it seem a bit heavy. —J.C
If peach aromatherapy exists—that is, the purest, most concentrated smell of peach in a bottle—this nose is it. After a while, though, an acrylic-like aroma starts emerging, and the palate shows evidence of both acrylic and peach. Still, it’s a worthwhile wine, but would have been better with the focus on the fruit. Imported by Australian Wine Connection.