First Drop ~ J R Gantos McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional 2011

First Drop ~ J R Gantos McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional 2011
£21.00 / bottle£239.40 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Australia
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes: Touriga Nacional
Region: McLaren Vale
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2022
Oaked
Screwcap
ABV: 14%

Tasting Notes

The wine

I love this wine as much as I loved the 2010 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 13% 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.

Food Pairing

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

Producer's Notes

"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"

Awards

17 points    Jancis Robinson    Aug 2016
"Deep garnet. An unsual combination of varieties but one that works well, the sweetness of the ripe, blackcurrant-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon intensifying the perfume of the Touriga, all surrounded by fine dark fruit and dark plums but with freshness too. The tannins are really fine and there is just a touch of chocolate and tertiary savoury flavours starting to develop. And a slight herbal quality that adds further complexity. Dry, finely grainy tannins. So much pleasure and refinement, and the promise of more to come. A terrific achievement in a very difficult vintage."

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. I am loving this wine!

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