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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Thomson Estate Back Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bottle image for 2008 Back
Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon
Three years on from what was, for many, a challenging vintage, I feel over the need to talk about the 2011 vintage.

Except, when you come across a wine, from a region where it was cool and wet, made from a grape variety - thick skinned and a late ripener - you feel the need to call it out, to make reference to it.

Here we have wine that is black fruited, dense, of tapenade and with an edge of cedar. Shows a hint of Clare with some eucalypt at the edges. No suggestions of unripeness or lacking in body.

On the palate, it's medium bodied with soft, powdery tannin; we see suggestions of plum, chocolate and choc-mint in an understated way. That in many respects is the joy of Clare Cabernet, layered and unforced. Finishes delicately persistent, not forced, a pleasure to drink. 91  

Tasted on: Monday 27th January, a Leaf Day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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1 comment:

  1. I concur, very good wine and a surprise for the vintage (even if vintages aren't vineyards, (and this proves it)). There's a fair bit of power here and I regret opening it now. Body is in the mouth of the imbiber but it's pretty muscular to me. I'd rate it higher, but that might be in sympathy to Lurgy Katey (not Katie).