Cabernet sauvignon, mixed reviews, regions

The Wine Enthusiast, March 2017, Joe Czerwinski

Why You Should Pay Attention to Australian Cabernet

Often overlooked by American consumers in favor of Shiraz, Australian Cabernet Sauvignon offers compelling competition for Napa and Bordeaux alike.

The best-selling varietal red wine in the United States is Cabernet Sauvignon.

But if you check the shelves of your local wine retailer or the wine list of your neighborhood hangout for Australian options, prepare to be disappointed. Shiraz has deservedly been the dominant force in the American market for decades.

Yet, with a bit of persistence, consumers who seek out Australian Cabernet Sauvignon (and Cab-based blends) will be rewarded with wines that can challenge international classics, often at lower prices. Full article

Grape Expectations 18 February Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National) 

Reviews for

Zema Estate Coonawarra Family Selection Shiraz 2012, $46. There’s that certain smell, taste, flavour of flash wines that hits you the instant you put it to your lips, and this has got it. Alas I was so excited I didn’t record what those smells/tastes/flavours are in other terms. 9.1/10.

Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $29. This is so bright it could run America better than Trump, but then you wouldn’t drink it. 8.7/10.

Hesketh Barossa Valley Bonvedro, 2015, $25. There is quite a tale and background on the back label, which saves you a lot of Googling and anyway is more accurate, saying this is rare even outside Australia. Deliciously different but boldly Barossan. Great stuff. 9.2/10.

Hesketh Barossa Valley Negroamaro 2015, $25. Thick and rich but not in the Donald Trump sense, the name means ‘blackest of the black’ which doesn’t sound like Donald either. Again, delicious and delectably different. 9/10.

Oakdene Bernard’s Cabernets (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot), 2014, $30. Every wine should have a name and as with dogs, two syllables are better than one. I wonder how many St Bernards are called Bernard? 9/10.

Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Single Vineyard Peta’s Pinot Noir 2014, $43. “Enjoy now with food or cellar for five years”, says the label. Nice to have permission, isn’t it? Bello Bellarine! 8.9/10., 6/8 March, Brian Fry 

“G’day from the land down under! This is part one of a ten part series of articles I’m writing while touring the wine regions of Australia and New Zealand.

It’s been an amazing journey so far, which began with a long weekend in Sydney. If you ever have a chance to travel to Sydney, make sure you do it. It is absolutely incredible.

When my time there was up, I boarded a flight to Adelaide (on the country’s southern tip), and drove just a few miles north into the Adelaide Hills region. I spent the better part of the afternoon at the Penfolds Magill Estate, where I enjoyed an incredible tasting and dinner. Full article

March 8, 2017

G’day to all my mates back in the Valley. I’m having an amazing journey through the South Australian Wine regions and learning a lot about their fantastic wines.

I’m writing you today (its Thursday 8:30Am here) from the town Port Willunga in the McLaren Vale wine region. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, with picturesque vineyards and amazing beaches.

Before arriving in McLaren Vale, I spent there days in Barossa Valley and was fortunate to spend an afternoon at Torbrek cellars for an outstanding tasting of 16 wines. Torbrek is named after a forest in Scotland, as their original owner was a Scot.

Here are a few highlights: Full article

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