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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best’s Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon is a fine example of the Great Western Regional style; showing rich, mocha and berry fruit with a solid mid-palate weight thanks to superbly concentrated fruit.
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Cabernet Sauvignon
Great Western
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Jordan Gravestein
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(15/06/2018 at 2:59 PM)
Proof that brilliant wine doesn’t have to be expensive! The Black Label series from Best's is the epitome of belting wines at quaffing prices. Their 2016 Cabernet is super approachable and entices the next sip. Deep dark purple, more so than red in its infancy and a nose of red and black berries. Flooding the palate is a mix of dark fruit, unobtrusive tannins and a subtle drop of oak.

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(18/06/2018 at 12:04 PM)
This wine features delicate fruit, soft rich plums & apparent oak. There’s a full & rich mouthfeel. Some tannins: cellar 5 years… if you can wait that long! I’m not normally a Cabernet drinker but I’d buy this again.

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Geoff Brookes
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(18/06/2018 at 5:10 PM)
Deep ruby purple colour to kick off. A couple of swirls and it clings to the side of the glass.

Luscious berry characters on the first nose. Lorraine got blackberries and aniseed, but it was raspberries all the way for me. And maybe a bit “plum cakey” - that’s a technical term.

So what does it taste like ?? Perhaps still a bit “green” at first blush. Obviously a very young wine with a crisp, minty sensation on the palate - funnily enough without the mint. A hint of white pepper. Still loads of fruit, but maybe hiding a little behind the other characters at this stage.

We left it alone and came back to it after an hour or so. It had really opened up a lot. Much richer and approachable now and warmer on the longer finish. Really quite delicious.

So how did it go with the Greek lamb - it stepped right up to the mark. This is a wonderful food wine even at this early stage, but if you can give it a few more years, it will just get better. The richness on the palate really went a treat with the barbecue lamb.

Just yum !!

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Daniel Watson
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(21/06/2018 at 10:05 PM)
Rich, rich, rich is the way I would describe the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark, rich purple in colour. Full hit of rich berries at first sip with a lingering of light tannins at the end. Went extremely well with a rich beef ragu! I've been a craft beer drinker for years and only now have I realised the depth a fine wine can reach especially when matched with food and this wine will only get better with age, for $25 how can you go wrong?

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Keith Zwart
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(07/07/2018 at 5:05 PM)
Good inexpensive Cab Savs are always difficult to find! I found this wine immediately gratifying with blackberry and plum throughout the bouquet and palate. I could cellar this one for 5 years just for the fun of seeing how it goes, but its great drinking now. Lovely!

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Cathy Gadd
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(21/07/2018 at 10:21 AM)
I’m a Cab Sav lover but it’s a variety that requires some patience. This 2016 Bests Cab is a young spunk that needs the wisdom & beauty of time. Vibrant crimson purple with beautifully lifted aromatic nose reminiscent of violets & blackberries. It’s an assault of dark berries on the palate - mulberry, blackberry with a smatter of exotic clove & cardamom spice. Plenty of powdery tannins on the finish & it screams out for a hearty meat dish. Good pedigree & wicked value so buy some but lose them in the shoe cupboard for at least 5-7 years & you will be rewarded in spades.

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Tim Francis
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(24/07/2018 at 5:55 PM)
Three great pleasures in winter are a hearty meal, a fire place and a really good red. The Bests 2016 Cab Sav was a superb choice and provided an ideal accompaniment to the slow cooked lamb shanks on a bed of silky mashed potato. The nose revealed unmistakable berry aromas with hints of black berry and plum coming to the fore. A rich but smooth palate complimented the richness of the slow cooked lamb shanks perfectly. A very drinkable cab-sav with a long finish that left you craving more. We could've easily done with another bottle to enjoy by the fire place with a cheese platter. I'm more of a 'big shiraz' person, which is a specilaty of the Great Western region, but this cab-sav left me very pleasantly surprised. I will definitely have one (or two) ready to go next time I cook up a casserole or other hearty winter fare.

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Tony Peters
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(21/08/2018 at 7:09 PM)
There are regions in Australia that are more commonly know for their Cabernet Sauvignon than Great Western in Victoria (I was going to say more popular but that would be an incorrect assumption).  Although Great Western is known more for its Shiraz, I would not be at all surprised if the words, "Best's Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon...of course" are not uttered around dinner tables more often. No surprises with the colour.  A youthful, dense vibrant purple. Plenty of berries on the nose, and I mean plenty.  I joke you not, I could've smelt it all afternoon.  It's indicative of just how young this wine is. Goodness me!  The full on flavours don't hold back when you sip it either.  It's unmistakably all dark fruits and berries, plums seemingly spread across the palate with ease, nuance of cloves too and the tannins don't hide behind the quality fruit either.  As strange as this may seem after you've read this, I found this wine to have a certain elegance and approachability about it.  This clearly has time on its side but don't be afraid to open one and drink it with a slab of hard cheese or a hearty red meat dish.

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