Petaluma, Coonawarra, 2008, South Australia (Labelled a Wine of Australia)
60% cabernet sauvignon, 31% merlot, balance of shiraz; screw top closure, 14.5% abv. The Fine Wine Company, Majestic Wine, about £27.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing copious tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with cascading aromas of black fruit – black currant, fragrant black berry and spicy black cherry, with a little rich oaky note at the end of the nose.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth medium tannins, high alcohol with a full body, and with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black berry, overripe red cherry, woody and savoury notes. A long length and a clean lightly tannic finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, balanced between acidity and alcohol, with an intensity and concentration of flavour to match the quite high alcohol. Moderately complex now, but it is developing and so complexity may increase.