Sunday, January 11, 2015

2009 Rosby Cabernet Sauvignon (Mudgee)

There is great value to be had here.

Gerald Norton-Knight tends a small but quite unique vineyard in Mudgee. I have written about it previously in more detail here. The wines are as such subject to the vagaries of the vintage, and the lesser vintages tend to produce enjoyable quaffers. The good vintages, however, result in lovely medium bodied Cabernet that is fantastic value.

2009 was a pretty good Mudgee vintage and the wine speaks to this. It delivers lovely ripe, plummy fruit with some liquorice notes, all, however, within a medium bodied frame. Where the interest comes in through is in the earthy rusticity it displays, something on show with many a Mudgee red. I had it at 3.5 Stars on day 1, but as it continued to integrate and lengthen on the finish over a few days I nudged it up to 4 stars. Superb value at $13.30 a bottle in a case and still available from the cellar door.

Rated: 4 Stars
RRP: $160 per case from cellar door
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2015-2019+


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