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18 July 2019

Hastwell & Lightfoot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


This is a superb Cabernet! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it just goes to show how good McLaren Vale is at not just Shiraz but also Cabernet.

This is still a baby coloured youthful purple, auguring for a great future.

However it is its completeness, seamlessness, deliciousness and balance that will impress you through the drinking experience.

Intense, ripe, fruit sweet and again I repeat still in its early days of youth, the aromas reward. They are fresh and yet layered and complex in their delivery.

You get your blackcurrants, blackberries, coffee, cherry ripe mint, spice and an inherent earthiness all coming through and onto the palate the seamless velvety smooth longness in finish.

It has also had a splash of Cab Franc added which gives it complexity.

The wine is well oaked, has had 18 months of cellaring that makes it drinking now very viable, has its alcohol in check and delivers integrated silky fine tannins for more development into the future.

It has at least 5-7 years easily and is bargain priced IMO.

Drink this with Spanish seafood stew.

Drink to 2026 plus. About $25. Alc 14%. 95/100 - Superb.




11 July 2019

Soumah Single Vineyard Viognier 2018SV-Viognier

Hand picked, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented Yarra Valley Viognier.

Vibrantly lemony yellow with an intense nose and a complex aroma profile.

Young on the dry side but the fruit is also there.

The acidity is sharp fresh and crisp and will carry the fruit for some decent cellearing time to come.

A savoury Viognier but as I implied with the fruit focus to carry on and make it enjoyable drinking.

Think freshly cut green herbs, mineral slate, green apples, honeysuckle, pears and white peaches, drier than fruitier. A medium dry finish with a crispness.

Try this with Chicken Tikka.

Drink to 2025. About $40. 12.5%. 90/100- Very Good.


5 July 2019

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


A top notch red from the Coonawarra region from this respected producer of consistently good wines.

Blackish deep purple, still a wine in its infancy.

Rich intense and deep on character with a youthfulness as I said that promises much more as it matures.

Plenty of blackcurrants, mulberries, spice filled plums, hints of mint and rhubarb and coffee mocha. Fresh acidity, good coconut oak, a complex nose, forward with plenty of grunt in the fruit focus it has. Good firm strong tannins to boot.

It is delicious and long in its finish and leaves you wondering just how much better it will get with time and some cellaring. 

Try this with roast beef and parmesan dumplings.

Drink to 2031. Alc 14.5%. About $40. 92/100 - Excellent.