Six cracking Cabs and blends thereof that we suspect will inspire a smile or hush a hackle as needed... here’s a thought on each of them...
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 make 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.
Penna Lane Clare Valley Cabernet 2017
93pts Kim Brebach
92pts Sam Kim
This is a stunning varietal Cabernet built for the long haul. An hour or two of breathing sees a beautiful perfume emerge, which coalesces with rich fruits to form a deep palate packed with violet, blackcurrant, earth and tomato leaf. Perfect with a big lump of protein. Drink any time over the next 15 years.
Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek Bullant Cabernet Merlot 2018
Gold Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show
A nose that screams Bordeaux, with blackcurrants, graphite and tobacco all joined by spearmint and a suggestion of herbs. Powerful, generous and eminently gluggable right now, this will also improve for a decade in the bottle. Tannins are firm yet fine. Opens up beautifully over the course of several hours.
Thompson Margaret River Four Chambers Cabernet Shiraz 2017
92pts Kim Brebach
91pts Sam Kim
Winemaker Paul Dixon believes 2017 was one of the very best vintages he’s seen and the proof is in your glass... this wine is of a quality and depth of flavour you won’t normally find at $25. It is a complex wine offering dark fruits, dark chocolate, tomato leaf, plums, white pepper and violets. This really is a beautiful wine, delicious now and with a minimum of 5 years cellaring potential.
Hesketh Winemakers Selection Cabernet 2017
A medium-bodied, varietal and fruit-driven Cabernet sourced from a couple of premium South Australian Vineyards. Fermentation and aging are completed in older French oak. The net result is a juicy, well-structured Cab which finishes with fine tannins. Enjoy any time over the next 5 years.