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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Tscharke Barossa Grounds Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Barossan Cabernet doesn't get as much exposure as its, rather more well known, friend Shiraz. When Barossa Cabernet is good, it sings.

This example from Damien Tscharke falls into that camp. Seeing an extended maceration post-ferment, some 60 days, along with 50% new oak - Nevers French barriques - it somewhat straddles where the Barossa is and is going.

Has the requisite aromatic indicators of leaf, tobacco, and hints of coffee - good Cabernet qualities. Further, there's a touch of menthol and an underlying citrus note - not something i'd normally see in Barossan Cabernet.

On the palate it's earthen, damp - a little moist cherry/ kirsch - yet showing poise and balance, stands up well for a big lad. What works with this wine, for me, is its inherent varietal character, with approachability and poise. Good length to see you home with drying and a little twiggy tannin. If you want to see what Barossan Cabernet can be, sign up here. 92 - Very Good

Tasted on: Wednesday 8th May, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
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