2010 Majella The Malleea

Cabernet-Shiraz Blend

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Limestone Coast
  • Coonawarra

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  • BBPP Likes this wine:

    February 6, 2018 - Majella’s flagship from an excellent vintage. This is really whistling a tune and striding down the high street now. Because I am tragically patriotic, I tend to find great comfort in Cabernet/Shiraz blends - an Aussie trademark if ever there was one. Lovely stuff.

    And here’s the but ... you have to be a Coonawarra fan to love this. It reeks of Coonawarra. The shame is I’m not sure I am anymore. I really only buy John Riddoch, Limestone Ridge and Parker 1st Growth from Coonawarra now (although Wynns Black Label buys itself in good years). On the other hand, Moss Wood, Leeuwin Art Series, Jack Mann, YY No.1 and the Wendouree Cabernets just keep appearing in the Cabernet part of the cellar. That’s a big change from, say, 10 years ago.

    I fear I am on a path of discovery that ends in Bordeaux and, potential, financial ruin. If so, may the Cabernet Gods be kind to me for the only Bordeaux I’ve got excited about to date is Chateau Palmer. That’s a problem. A $700 per bottle problem. Pfft. That’d be right ...

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  • IDF commented:

    2/6/18, 2:42 AM - The Chateau Palmer is right in my price range... I'm tempted to add to my cellar.

  • BBPP commented:

    2/6/18, 2:46 AM - 2005 & 2009 are where it’s at.

  • IDF commented:

    2/6/18, 2:49 AM - I'm adding the 2009 to cart....

  • BBPP commented:

    2/6/18, 3:04 AM - Take 05 or 09 Palmer anywhere, I don’t care what else turns up, Petrus, Haut-Brion, Mouton, whatever, and the Palmer will look them all in the eyes and not blink. You’ll never be accused of bringing a knife to a gun fight.

  • michael_cooke commented:

    2/6/18, 11:02 AM - Interesting comment, I have a few of these tucked away.
    Honestly would have thought that they are still along way from being ready.
    Gross generalisation, but do you think that Coonawarra Cabs have more ageing potential than MR? More acid maybe?
    I too have moved away from CW towards MR, just wondering.

  • BBPP commented:

    2/6/18, 12:59 PM - Yes, this was pretty youthful. Good drinking now though.

    I doubt MR cabs age longer than Coonawarra cabs, but I do think they improve more with age.

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