Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Samuel's Gorge Cadenzia 2009

If you see Cadenzia on a label it basically means the wine is Grenache based.  If it also has McLaren Vale on label then you can buy it with confidence that it will have serious flavours and leave you with a definite smile. The grapes in McLaren Vale have been going through veraison over the last couple of weeks so they are taking on some beautiful red/purple colour.

Image from Tables Creek

As you can see the berries are bulging at the seams with juice with some berries changing colour while others are waiting for their moment to shine.

Samuel's Gorge Cadenzia 2009

This wine is dark an inviting as everything explodes out of the glass. Would I want anything more than flavours of smoked red licorice, spice, redskins and dried plums? Hell yes, as this wine keeps on dancing in front of my like an exotic belly dancer.  Under the fruit there is an abundance of chalky tannins which leave my mouth feeling dry yet moist. How can it be dry yet moist? Well, I don't know but it does. Over the 4 days that I tasted this the oak was a little too evident on the palate which held me back from extra points.  That said this wine is great value and ultra interesting to drink.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $35
Rated: 90
Drink: Now - 2019

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