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Friday 6 June 2014

Dodgy Bros Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2012

The winemaker, the viticulturist and the grower. 

Wes Pearson: amateur ice-hockey player, skateboarder, winemaker and now Sensory Analyst for AWRI is a long way from where he originally called home. Canada to Willunga is not exactly the path frequently travelled, oh and let's not forget the stint at Léoville Les Cases in St Julien, Bordeaux.

Peter Bolte, the original Dodgy Brother, has completed 35 vintages as a viti in McLaren Vale - he may know a thing or two about its sites, rhythms and seasons.

Peter Somerville, sounds like a fella who likes a laugh. Sounds like a bloke who grows some decent fruit. Sounds like a bloke who, with the aid of the aforementioned Dodgy Brothers, might know how to turn out a pretty decent wine.

Well, the only thing that's dodgy here is the upside down label. Branding is an essential part on what's on the outside, but what's within also has to stack up. This blend leads with 50% Cabernet Franc, with Cabernet Sauvignon (32%) and Petit Verdot (18%) making up the numbers.

The lead shows its hand clearly. Cassis, blackcurrant leaf, raspberry leaf and dusky florals. Faint cedar, a little herb - but it's more about that that attractive lead in from the Cabernet Franc.

It's medium bodied, excellent intensity of flavour from the off; sandy-grain tannin, black fruits, suggestion of grilled meat here too. It does present itself, not necessarily as the sum of its parts, but as a manifestation of each of them individually. Three virtuoso performances that are pretty tight together.

Finishing with excellent travel of flavour, sustained intensity; all up - for me - it's a performance of composure, balance. A delight have to sampled. 93 

PS Brisbanites keen to try this wine can find it at Cru Bar and Cellar, James Street.

Tasted on: Tuesday 3rd June, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap

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