A spicy red with a leathery finish.
This wine from South Australia is somewhat different than what I am used to in a Cabernet. I must confess, I don’t usually pick cabs from “Down Under” very often. I don’t have a reason for that really.
What I noticed with this wine was that allowing it to open up for a few hours was the key. At fist taste, I found it to be a little “bitey” and harsh. After letting this red sit for a bit, the flavors began to soften. On the palate I picked up smoke and earthy notes. Not very fruity like in cherry or blackberry. More tar and earth.
I am still a newbie at this wine tasting stuff however, I do know that vines tend to pick up flavors of the soil in the region. I believe I am picking up different flavors from that region of Australia in this wine. If you like more savory notes and less jammy fruits in your cab, then this baby is for you!
Here are my notes.
Region: South Australia
Winery: Metala Vineyards
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5% (Wow!)
Andrea’s Vista Unofficial Score: 7 out of 10
P.s. – Anson, this one’s for you!