2012 The XV Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon
Mclaren Vale is the forgotten producers of Cab Sav, but in my opinion it is one of the best regions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia. It has a coastal climate which seems to be very important in many of the famous Cabernet Sauvignon regions such as Bordeaux, Margaret River,Coonawarra and Bolgheri in Italy.
The wine has an expressive perfumed nose with oodles of fresh ripe black fruits of the forest aromas along with hints of tobacco and cedar.
The palate is silky,even, elegant and long with a unmistakably, dominant varietal flavour of black currants or cassis, if your familiar with it. As usual there is a roasted red capsicum and a hint of peanut. The tannins on the finish are ripe, long and moorish. The alcohol is lower than many modern day McLaren Vale red wines at 13.5% and this allows the wine to have more aromatics, greater freshness and elegance.
Cellaring: The XV Barrels would benefit from 1O+ years cellaring. Decant before serving and enjoy!