Here’s four cabalicious crackers for your consideration and a little detail on what we loved about each...
Serafino Black Label McLaren Vale Cabernet 2019
Long, polished and plush, with plenty of varietal fruit and a streak of salinity. Quite a triumph for McLaren Cabernet which can struggle to be awesome, authentic Cab. Serafino have a habit of making the unexpected happen though (they also make superb McLaren Chardonnay). This isn’t merely good ‘for McLaren Vale’ it is superb Cab full stop. There’re black fruits, graphite, plump tannins and great length and depth. The kinda Cab you can just lean into and have it regale you.
Curtis Family Vineyards Cavaliere McLaren Vale Cabernet 2015
Top in category Winestate Magazine
94pts James Halliday
94pts Tony Love
A superb first release Cabernet under the Curtis Cavaliere label and as good as you’d expect if you’ve had the Cavaliere Shiraz previously. Lots going on here with chocolate, spice, cedary oak and plentiful fine tannins. Decant for an hour or so if you want to try it now or stick it in the broom closet for up to 10 years.
Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet 2018
93pts James Halliday
93pts Campbell Mattinson
One of the original Coonawarra Cabs made from what are now old vines. A great wine just in its infancy... decant several hours prior to drinking or cellar for up to 30 years.
Richard Hamilton Hut Block McLaren Vale Cabernet 2018
93pts Kim Brebach, 96pts Winestate Magazine
There’s something very special about old vine McLaren Vale Cabernet especially when it is from a vintage as spectacular as 2018. This edition is rich and well structured. There are black fruits and violets on the nose, black fruits, creaminess, acidity and cedar on the palate and fine, polished tannins to finish. This already drinks well but no doubt will improve for a decade.