Tuesday, 11 November 2014

d'Arenberg The Coppermine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet is supposed to be medium to full bodied with plenty of tannin and acidity to coil the flavours up tight. In it's youth it can be unforgiving to drink but given enough time in the cellar it can turn into such a beauty that would flaw you.

The Vales can produce beautiful Cabernet but sometimes the full on flavours turn more towards dry red. The Coppermine wine is aged in French oak, mostly new, and is a selection of the best barrels of the vintage.

d'Arenberg  The Coppermine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

"I wanna to be a baller, shot caller, twenty inch blade on the impala" comes rolling in my mind as I taste this as there is masses of chocolate, licorice and blackcurrant essence coming on straight from the first sip. The wine is intense with the flavours hitting hard but they tell a story of the vintage. There is enough length and precision to pull this off but I would like a little more savoury edges to round off a Cabernet.

The oak is already absorbed into the background, indicting that it would be possible to open it now, but I would allow the wine to sit for a few years to hopefully allow the profile to change. If you drink now open with guests as it looks good in a dry red style.

Alcohol: 14.2%
Price: $65
Rated: 91
Drink: 2016+

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