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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

If there were such a thing as a BYOFaves... family tree, then there would be a direct link between this blog and Zema Estate. In a previous post I wrote of some shared great times and of some great wines that were introduced to me as a result of a Wine Without BS dinner held in South Australia. Present at that dinner was none other than Zema Estate winemaker Greg Clayfield.

At the recent Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show, I had the pleasure of bumping into, self-titled, Zema spruiker Karen Ronning who kindly took me through the range of Zema wines on offer, gifting me a bottle of this wine.

I'm a fan. The wine's aroma opens to a blend of beautiful red fruit, cedar, a slight dusty mark and a pleasant hit of mint as a final note. On entry, there's a touch of spice that opens up around the palate, morphing into a gentle spicy oak; the mid-palate expands to deliver typical Cabernet varietal notes of mocha, cedar and spice.

The finish shows a touch of warmth, not to the point of distraction. Rather, it complements some fine to moderate tannins that suggest that some cellaring time would benefit.

It was a winner in our household and there surely can be no greater compliment than an empty bottle at the end of an evening.

Source: Gift/ Sample
Cost: $25-28
Closure: Screwcap
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