My initial notes on the tasting sheets were value, value, value, how do they do this for the price?
This is a quality sexy youthful and vibrant Coonawarra red made from the unsexy but effective synergy of Cabernet and Shiraz grapes that were made to go hand in hand and have been proving their effective marriage for many decades, often ignored by modern winemakers.
Yes I like this wine.
An ink staining youthful deep purple, the deep intense ripe body comes through the nose beautifully.
A medium dry red with a medium finish and delivering good fresh acidity, seamless softly imparted oak and silky tannins.
The primary aromas are blackcurrants, red currants, mint and a hint of rhubarb, yes rhubarb. On the palate it drinks beautifully and effortlessly delivering those currants, spicy plums, cherries and hints of cool black pepper.
Try this with oven baked sausages, mash, sauerkraut and peas and gravy. Yum!
Alc 14.5%. Drink to 2024 at least. About $19.
92/100 - Excellent.
16 June 2019
Five Oaks Yarra Valley SGS Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
A deep youthful purple. Still very young. Quite tightly wound up. Took a good ten minutes to loosen up.
What follows is a spice filled fresh energetic and vibrant quite forward nose. Think blueberries, blackcurrants, spicy plums, cool raspberries, light mint, white pepper and hints of allspice.
A classy elegant red with silky tannins and seamless oak. The oak is there not OTT youthful and in sync with the rest of the restrained power that the fruit is also providing. The alcohol is also in sync.
So overall what you get are lovely plums and currants on the palate now, fruit focused, soft and well imparted.
It glides down the throat and is drinking fine now but as I said it has plenty more to come in the next decade.
A very decent special occasion wine.
Try this with roast lamb shoulder and lemon potatoes and sauteed peas and ham.
13.9% Alc. Drink to 2026 plus plus. 95/100 - Superb.