Barry Weinman: 18th March 2015
The wines under the Streicker/Clairault labels continue to impress. In this tasting it was the entry level Cabernet from Clairault that made the biggest impact. Whilst the Estate and Cellar-Release are both impressive, it was the value of the Margaret River Cabernet that made me pay attention.
Deep Woods – Cabernet Sauvignon – Reserve – 2013 (18.5+). An appealing nose, showing red currant/berry, and a slightly herbal edge to the fruit. The tannins are slightly dusty, but very fine, with cedar notes from the oak. Long and dense, this gets almost chewy to close. An excellent cool climate Cabernet that has a long future. Trophy for best Cabernet at Melbourne Wine Show.
Penfolds – Cabernet Sauvignon – Bin 9 – 2013 (18 – 18.5). A captivating wine that ticks all the boxes. The fine, red berry fruit is silky, giving way to somewhat drying tannins. The oak adds depth rather than overt flavour. Long and relatively powerful, this evolves in the glass and the mouth. An excellent wine. Drink after 2022. ($30 from Dan Murphy).
Angove – Cabernet Sauvignon – Family Crest – 2014 (18). A remarkable wine from McLaren Vale that has depth to the ripe fruit combined with poise and charm. Whilst Cabernet may not be fashionable in the “Vale” this is an excellent example that will benefit from medium term cellaring. (RRP $24, but available for $19).
Arivina Estate – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2012 (18). Lovely mint and blackcurrant fruit, with hints of cedar and supple spice. The palate is supple and succulent, with layers of complex fruit, balanced by fine tannins that are ever so slightly grainy. Only mid weight, with hints of coffee from the oak adding to the appeal on the finish.
Clairault – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 (17.9). (RRP $27). Great colour. Intense, ripe fruit on both the nose and palate. Plenty of extract and tannins, but these are remarkably fine, leaving the finish almost silky. An excellent drink any time over the next 10 years. Good value Margaret River Cabernet.