Thursday, 19 December 2013

Two Cabernets for Christmas

Two 2011 Cabernet wines from two different area but they have a commonality. Greenness! One of them manages to bring in some lovely other flavours as well which makes up for it.


Hillcrest Vineyard Village Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


This wine is like a shopping list that is based on colour. Green herbs and capsicum are evident to begin with but they are joined by mulberries and blackcurrants. Even though it is light bodied the flavours work well and the mild tannins add a bit of textural elements. The palate is a bit narrow and the flavour are a little too open for the age but for a village style drink now wine it works well.


Alcohol: 12.8%

Price: $25

Rated: 85

Drink: Now – 2018


Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


What a great entry to this wine with full bodied flavour of mint, currants, pipe tobacco and spicy herbs.  These flavour attack the front palate like a viking on a war path but once he is finished he falls a sleep in a heap. If you want a translation it means that they do not transfer up the palate line. This wine had me perplexed as I wanted to like it more but I just couldn’t in terms of the quality. What I did like was the profile of the wine. Oh well you win some and you lose some.


Alcohol: 14%

Price: $17

Rated: 83

Drink: Now – 2016

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