By the glass at the Waterbar & Steakhouse in Cairns. This has rounded up a bit since I tried it at the winery a couple of years ago, but without quite improving in the way I hope it would. The nose showed a nicely typical Coonawarra character of ripe cassis and plums, meat and earth fringed with just a touch of minty eucalyptus. It was ripe on the palate, a it sweet, with more black-fruited flavours at the fore, on an earthy, slightly herby background. The finish was rather warm, both with a spicy, herby, tobacco back-note as well as a touch of alcohol. However, while not the freshest of wines maybe, this was still well-balanced enough to go well with a nice, juicy steak. More developed than the last time round maybe, but neither better nor distinctly worse - it remains a decent, if hardly special Coonawarra Cab.
What the? Just had this side by side with the 2006 shiraz and in some respects they are largely the same wine - simple sweet but to be fair appealing. The grainy herbal fruits in the back palate point to the cabernet and there's some bitey acid too. Just fails to speak of the region or indeed mount a compelling case.
Visit to Coonawarra (Coonawarra, Limestone Coast): A decent wine which should improve with time. Very expressive on the nose for such a young wine, with loamy, wet soil scents alongside cassis, eucalyptus and some floral highlights - I liked this. The palate was also surprisingly approachable. Rich and plushly rounded, it showed plums and cassis flavours wrapped in sweet, ripe tannins and juicy acidity leading into a mid-length finish. Very friendly, eminently drinkable. A bit simple now, but this should improve quite a bit over the next few years.
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