My latest tastings of cabernet and cabernet blends showed wines of varied styles.
Top-level Australian cabernet sauvignon is getting quite expensive, in step with world trends. In my latest tasting of 120 cabernet sauvignon and cabernet-driven blends, six of the top wines were priced over $100, and seven more were nudging the $100 mark.
Voyager Estate Project U12 North Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2010 $90Wow! This is a most impressive cabernet, displaying beautifully ripe fruit with red and dark-berry, and tobacco aromas, and benefitting from a couple of extra years bottle-age. Oak is tucked in the background and
Australia is a paradise for chardonnay lovers. The calibre of these wines continues to grow, and there is also a pleasing diversity of style which means everyone’s tastes are catered for. My January tasting of 120 chardonnays is now online, and the highlights are many.
Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River 2011 $24 The colour is deep red-purple and the wine smells very cabernet-like, with sweet blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. It’s soft and fleshy in texture, an attractive young wine which is a little plain and
Shiraz is the foundation grape of our image-leaders Penfolds (tastings), Henschke (tastings), Torbreck (tastings), and, it could be argued, the entire Australian wine industry. More than one-quarter of all of our wine is shiraz. All told, I’ve uploaded 198 reviews of shiraz and shiraz-based blends this month. Two of the
Chardonnay is one of my favourite white wines, and regular readers know that I’m a big enthusiast for Australian chardonnays – which have improved at a Mitchell Johnson-like pace in recent years. My latest tasting which I did in January has a stack of lovely
Bored with your usual diet of red wine? Well, that’s understandable when you walk into a BWS or a Liquorland (you’d have to be lost to be in Liquorland) and find yourself confronted by endless shiraz and cabernet. Where’s our sense of diversity gone? This
Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River 2009 $70 This full-bodied, weighty red has deep red colour with purple tints, and crushed-mulberry and dusty cedar aromas. Good amplitude, length and generosity, with black-fruit palate flavours of spot-on ripeness. Its five years age is a bonus.
China is proving to be the great saviour of Australian wine. The Chinese are buying our wine lustily, and they’re buying up some of our wineries and vineyards. They’re taking the heat off the Australian wine sector in more ways than one.