GrandCuvee - Cabernets: Northern vs Southern Hemisphere

The Botanic, Raffles City

Tasted December 10, 2019 by vinhonotte with 29 views

Flight 1 - Champagne Apertif (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne France, Champagne
88 points
Medium gold, fine persistent beads. Mainly ripe tangerine and hoppy aromas, and pineapples, brioche and pepper flavours. In my opinion a rather bold and masculine one, but pretty simple

Flight 2 - First (2 notes)

2013 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
90 points
Deep ruby, moderate thickness, and highly extracted. Purple floral aromas, green fern, and twigs. Highly tannic and acidic, a good weight, lots of alcohol heat, but strangely still kind of green, twiggy and leafy, and some underripe blackberry and cherry, as well as cloves, liquorice, coffee and cocoa. Some persistence from the florals and cocoa
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2015 Mayer Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
89 points
Deep purple, moderate thickness and high extraction. Orange blossom and orange zest aromas with raspberry. Acidic, medium tannins and medium weight, while with some good alcohol heat. Cherry and orangey flavours, and somewhat beery hoppy at the back. Seems like something made naturally

Flight 3 - Second (2 notes)

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
91 points
Deep ruby, thick legs and high extraction. Pronounced ripe cassis aromas and lavender. High tannins, somewhat heightened acid and heaty alcohol. Really rich and intense, with cassis, coffee and cocoa, but towards the back seems to exhibit a burnt peaty flavour. Probably there’s over-scorching of the barrels to get this, but otherwise nice
2014 Klein Tulbagh Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Release South Africa, Coastal Region, Tulbagh
91 points
Deep ruby, some thickness. Nose of coffee and chocolate, and peat. Quite some savoury meaty flavours with paprika, grass, and blackberry. Some large blackness towards the back

Flight 4 - Third (2 notes)

2012 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
Deep ruby, and quite some extraction. Nose full of alcohol fumes, and some roses, blackberry, cassis, grass, oak vanillin, dark chocolate. Rich, textured, tannic, and huge intensity. Lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee flavours, which becomes grassy and rosy towards the back and a long finish. Powerful, voluptuous, exceptional!
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2009 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Aphrodite Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
93 points
Deep ruby. Very hot alcohol nose, with blackberry and raspberry, and some cocoa. High flavour intensity, and moderate tannins and acidity, and very heaty. Blackberry, cassis, grass, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and grilled meats. Nice one!

Flight 5 - Fourth (2 notes)

2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Deep ruby. Floral aromas, somewhat of orange blossoms and lavender, and grassy. Acidic and tannic. Flavours of raspberry, twigs, blackberry, some brine and meats. Also a rather terroir-driven earthiness and florals. Fair finish
2008 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon Moss Wood Vineyard Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
91 points
Deep ruby. Pronounced deep aromas of chocolate, coffee and fern. Powerful meaty flavours, brambles, blackberry, cassis, fern and twigs, as well as some coffee and red earth. Fair finish
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