Friday, February 19, 2010

2010 Royal Sydney Wine Show – Part 3 – Cabernet Sauvignon

Love my Cabernet and was excited to see some of Australia’s top examples of this variety on show. The 2007 Vasse Felix Cab Sav, which we’ve reviewed on RedtoBrown ,
got the top gold in one of the Cab Sav categories. I disagreed with some of the scores the judges gave wines, but this was one wine where I was definitely in agreement. Other wines that we tried . . .

2001 Jack Mann Cabernet – 17.2 – Silver - Varietal, leafy, tannins still good, good length, oodles of blackcurrant. Will sail through 20 years.

2004 Jack Mann Cabernet – 15.7 – Bronze - More fruit on nose than the 01, with leafy, minty aromas. Grippy, drying tannins, great length. Quality obvious and should have been in gold territory in my opinion.

2006 Wynns Coonawarra Alex 88 Cabernet Sauvignon – 15.8 - Bronze 07 – hit of oak, not as intense, drops off from the mid palate, powdery tannins, finish not especially long. Enjoyable but a clear contrast in quality between this and the 04 Jack Mann despite the similar scores from the judges.

2004 Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon - 18.5 – Gold – ripe, fleshy fruit, leafy, eucalypt. Excellent direct line and length, but not much in the way of tannin.

2005 Houghtons Gladstone Cabernet Sauvignon – 18.5 – Gold - Margaret river nose, a bit leafy. Nice intensity on the palate with chalky tannins.

2004 Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet – 14.3 - nice floral, fruity nose. Soft blackcurrant, nice integrated oak and tannins on finish. Good drop and would rate it higher than the judges.

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