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Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia 2013

March 30, 2019

 

 

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia 2013

 

 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £24.00

 

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

 

 

Appearance - Deep ruby

 

Nose intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary aroma - Incredibly ripe black cherry, cassis, blackberry, mint, eucalyptus and a hint of capsicum 

 

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast, liquorice, clove

 

Tertiary aroma - Hint of leather, earth and dry leaves

 

 

Sweetness - Dry

 

Acidity - High

 

 

Tannin - High, ripe but slightly firm

 

 

 

Alcohol - High

 

Body - Full

 

Intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary flavours - Incredibly ripe black cherry, cassis, blackberry, mint, eucalyptus and a hint of capsicum

 

Secondary flavours - Smoke, toast, liquorice, clove

 

Tertiary flavours - Hint of leather, earth and dry leaves

 

 

Finish - Long

 

Quality - Outstanding

 

 

Tasting Logic

 

Used previously on WSET Diploma exams I think this particular example is one of the best in the whole world for varietal definition. Black cherry and cassis notes dominate with the typical eucalyptus notes ( from eucalyptus trees not from the variety) are traditional notes. Lots of new oak character adds complexity. Use this sample to benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon - learn it, remember it, revise it. Bare in mind that this is an intense example and so do not discount other Cabernet Sauvignon's just because they do not show this level of varietal expression. 

 

Coonawarra can often have medium plus levels of alcohol which is different to many from Napa or Stellenbosch. 

 

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