Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

    So here’s an upbeat Coonawarra Cab Sauv. All that slang for stimulants — black mollies, black beauty, bling bling, blue devil — that’s going to hit you first. And, first sip this is a wow, wow, wow.  A high point pointster wowza.  But you know what?  On the last sip, it’s good, not wow, just […]

  • Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    Great to return to a wine you loved and find you still love it.  Pretty much everything we liked and wrote about from a cellared bottle here, from a vintage a few years back, still stands.  Coconut, chocolate, cherry, delectable through and through.  Luscious and then some.  Score.  At the end of the bottle you […]

  • Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    First, the 92 points are from James Suckling.  Not sure why, but I’m never on the same page as Suckling (or, put another way, “who cares about the points?”).  So that wasn’t the draw.  But the price was a draw; $28 reduced to $24.  Yes and yes.  And in the end, a lovely purchase.  Medium […]

  • Teusner “The Gentleman” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014.

    Our dog died.  A friend brought round a decent bottle of wine for us to remember him by.  But drinking just wasn’t on the agenda. Then, a few weeks later, we sat down and opened the gift.  Wow.  This was EGOT good.  Gobs and gobs of acidity but what the aficionados refer to as juicy […]

  • Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

    There is something about Australian Cab Sauv that’s never 100% as good as you hope regardless of the price.  Shiraz? Out of the park.  Cab Sauv, hit and miss.  This doesn’t miss, but it’s no home run.   The Bleasdale scored high with Halliday and we’re not in disagreement, particularly the very palatable tannins, which […]

  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

    If this turns out to be the last post of 2018 all I can say is we went out with a bomb.  Wowza.  This is some hugely satisfying red.  Powerhouse yes but no one two punch.  It’s all containment, structure, refinement, like a Mies van der Rohe modernist tower.  We were hard pressed to find […]

  • Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    Something else altogether.  Wrapped up in tissue as if swaddled and then labelled like a candle from a religious supply store, the wine inside is anything but deceptive; it’s the essence of a decent glass of red.   My mother used to take blackberries from a bush along the fence in the lane, when I […]

  • Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

    (I left the flashy red label on; we are over and through with glam labels, but you can always tear it off and still have a reasonable presentation at the dinner table.)   It’s been a while since we corked a wine this forward, assertive and confident.  Less like a Wimbledon semi this is a […]

  • Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

    Ah Margaret River.  A retirement pipe dream.   Young and fruity and juicy and vibrant.  This is a wine that needs some time, it’s just oozing potential.  We were unsure at first but with a meatball dinner it was sensationally food friendly.  On the initial mouthful it’s assertive and even disappointing but with a bit […]

  • Seven Stones Speaking Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

    A big and brash if not charming red with the heft for something substantial, say a bloody T-bone or a medium rare rack of lamb.   Cocoa nibs, licorice, Ribena, assertive tannins and a bracing coconut-tanning lotion finish. This is a wine with some serious legs (Ginger Rogers meets Cyd Charisse for a threesome with […]