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Rare Black 2018 Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Single Vineyard
Phil Reedman- Master of Wine. Tasting note (below).
The Barossa Valley, quite rightly, trumpets its Shiraz wines to the world and generally leaves other regions to make the noise about Cabernet Sauvignon. Is this about to change I wonder?
Rare Black Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly raising the flag for Barossa Cabernet. The aroma is pure-play red capsicum; now there’s a varietal hallmark if ever there was one. The palate is medium-bodied with spicy, toasty French oak and coffee bean aromas and flavours.
Concentrated vermillion in colour, showing the concentration of low-yielding vines. An elegant, understated bouquet; youthfully varietal with cedary oak. “Power with Responsibility” best defines the palate. The colour might suggest a huge wine but this, while full-bodied, is dancingly elegant with vivid fruit and fine, structural tannins.
Given that I think this wine will live for 25 years it is a youthful now so please decant it early. Serve with Wagyu steak.
~ Phil Reedman MW
Vintage: 2018 was a warm season which allowed for amazing slow
ripening conditions, resulting in amazing balance of flavour,
structure and acidity. A truly stunning Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing: High grade Wagyu Steak or hearty dishes like Rosemary
braised lamb shanks.
Handcrafted: Only 200 Cases produced.
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Maturation: 24 Months in New French oak Hogsheads.
Sub Region: Ebenezer – Iconic sub region at very Northern tip of
the Barossa Valley characterised by it’s ancient soils and on this
site it’s red brown earth over broken limestone, perfect for a high
quality Cabernet. Single Vineyard: Sourced from a single vineyard
just 4.3km from Penfold’s Block 42, this site is beautifully suited to
growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elevation: 270 Metres
Cellaring: Drink now or up to 20 years from vintage but be sure to
decant it to open it up and let its quality shine
Although the Barossa (and Atze’s Corner) is better known for its Shiraz, this Cab is an absolute stunner! Very deep in colour as its name suggests, the nose is complex with hints of cedar, Huon pine, eucalyptus and coffee bean, along with a vegetal twist of freshly chopped red capsicum. The taste is a mix of black fruits, mocha, and dark chocolate. Velvety tannins and a long finish like rolling thunder underscore the opulence of this absolutely delicious drop!
Rarely have I come across a black ink coloured red that tantalises the nostrils yet delivers so much more. The palate lingers long after the paired food disappears whilst calling out for more food and another sip. Amazing!
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