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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Cascabel Monastrell 2009

Caveat: this was a leftover sample from tasting in the trade so I'm not entirely sure how long it had been open for when I got my mitts on it.

Only one of about four producers in Australia that I know of using the Monastrell name.  Duncan Ferguson and Susana Fernandez have set up home in the Southern end of McLaren Vale, predominantly focusing on 'Rhone' and Spanish varieties - the latter being the home of Susana, and the likely source of the choice of the Spanish name for this variety.

Cured meats on opening, clearly in the savoury mould with spice and wild herb stating their case in the aromatic profile.  Delicate on entry, ethereal, a supple wine - gently fruited with the merest suggestion of red/ black berry fruits.  Generous rustic tannin, generous length with a slight bitter, black tinged, twiggy note.  Very enjoyable even if just for the contrast shown with the lightness against the tannin. 90 - Good.

Source: Leftover sample from trade
Price: $42
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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