jamie goode's wine blog: Brilliant Aussie Cabernet

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brilliant Aussie Cabernet

With all the attention focused on Shiraz, it's easy to forget that Australia makes some great Cabernet Sauvignon. [But, then, if you look hard enough, you'll find that Australia also makes some really great Pinot Noir. And does well with lots of other varieties, too. You just have to look hard enough.]

Well, here's a cracking Cabernet from Coonawarra.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Coonawarra, Australia
Lovely nose of pure blackcurrant fruit with dark, spicy, earthy notes adding savoury complexity. Quite blackcurrant-bud like. The palate is taut and backward with a lovely spicy, gravelly edge to the sweet fruit. Lovely freshness and definition here. It's varietally true and quite complex, and you don't really feel the 15% alcohol. 92/100

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At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Agreed this is one of my favourite Aussie Cabs. Have the 1990,96 and 98 vintages and the 90 is drinking great just now---------better than most classed growth bordeaux of this fine year.

What do you think of Yarra Yering Dry Red 1 Jamie?

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Gregory said...

I rate this.

As well as the Stella Bella suckfizzle in the background of the photo.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

Yes, it is brilliant.

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Actually just realised the wine I was referring to is the Terra Rossa First Growth which is of course the estates top cabernet.


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