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I love this wine as much as I loved the 2011 vintage. It's just as the producer says below, a classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon - blackcurrant, chocolate - with that hint of freshness from eucalyptus often found in New World Cabernets plus interesting floral and port notes from the Touriga Nacional; more usually found in Port and in some red wines from the Douro, Touriga Nacional comprises 9% of the blend.
The freshness of this wine makes it seem a little lighter than some Cabernets but don't be fooled - this is a substantial wine with really lovely concentrated flavours and grippy tannins, i.e. they are noticeable giving the wine some structure but they are also quite velvety. This is a lovely, concentrated wine.
This concentrated medium-bodied wine with noticeable yet velvety tannins is a great match for beef, lamb, goose and game; also a good match for mushrooms, hard cheeses and mild blue cheeses
"This wine displays all the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon – blackcurrant, chocolate with a hint of herbaceousness delivered on a rich palate of dense, firm tannins. But JR Gantos loves his port, and couldn’t help adding a dash of Touriga Nacional, which gives a varietal floral lift. St Estephe on steroids meets the Douro!
Colour: Deep Crimson. Bouquet: Lifted cassis and florals with a hint of leafiness. Palate: Rich, vibrant blackcurrant and chocolate flavours with a hint of eucalypt are balanced with a core of dense, firm tannins"