$30 Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $15/bottle?
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Lot 340 2017 Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes to us from one of Australia's most iconic winemakers, a James Halliday 5-Star Winery and one of critic Huon Hooke's Top Winery's of Australia.
We initially discovered this Cabernet at our massive, 500-wine "triage" tasting in June, then returned in August with a visit to the winery and dialed-in the blend.
The result is a simply astonishing value.
Renowned for its Riesling's, the Clare Valley has a variety of climates and aspects allowing for a wide array of varietals to be successful there. Essentially, the further you move up the valley away from Watervale and towards Clare, the warmer it gets. This Cabernet is produced from an estate vineyard in the northern part of the Valley where Cabernet and Shiraz thrive.
The style is quite classic, with complex fruit, a balanced structure, and deftly-deployed oak. Medium-bodied and plush, it's very approachable now and will continue to improve over the next decade.
The Ultimate Cellar-Defender!
A mixture of ruby and deep garnet. With 24-months in barrel and another 24-months in tank (to further clam the tannins), the bouquet is complex, effusive and quite evolved with spicy red hots ("spicy capsicum" the Aussies call it), camphor, powdered violets, blackcurrant, ripe plum and blackberry. Juicy and substantial on the palate with sweet florals haloing spicy blackcurrent, blackberry, and plummy chocolate notes supported with very-well integrated, barely perceptible tannins. The finish long and clean with excellent persistence of fruit and oak.
89% Cabernet, 5% Merlot, 2% Shiraz, 2% Grenache, and 2% Tempranillo
100% estate vineyard 24-months in BBL, 20% new French oak 14.5% alc. 500 cases available Bottling schedule for Mid-November