Grant Burge, Cameron Vale, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2009
Varietal cabernet sauvignon, screw cap closure, Ann et Vin, about £16.
Curious thing with this wine – leave a less than full bottle with the air pumped out overnight at room temperature, and the aroma and taste profiles reduce to raw bloody steak, justthat, interesting but unnerving and more or less undrinkable, but leave it for another 24 hours, air pumped out again, and the blackcurrant and black fruits reappear.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with lifted aromas of black cherry, black berry, dark chocolate, a sweet medicinal note, and low-key vanilla.
Palate: a dry wine with medium (+) acidity, fine-grained integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe blackcurrant, squashy overripe blackberry, stewed black cherry, stewed prune, and medicinal and savoury notes. A long length with a clean smooth lightly grippy finish.
Quality: A very good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are in tune with the intensity of favour and good level of concentration of primarily dark very flavours. Developing with tertiary notes of dark chocolate and medicinal and savoury notes, this wine has the balance and intensity to evolve and improve in cellar for a further 5-7 years.