Best's Great Western 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
If our Great Western region were somehow prohibited from growing Shiraz, it would probably be just as famous for its Cabernets. Intense spicy, berry, leafy aromas and long, dense, yet supple flavours and classic structure are hallmarks of Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon. With age, these wines develop remarkable finesse and elegance.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Western works well from the right sites. Warmer and north facing sites tend to produce the best fruit. As is common in other regions, Cabernet Sauvignon in Great Western is picked late in the vintage season to allow for good fruit flavour and texture - the warmer vineyard sites and a little longer on the vine results in a supple wine with intense varietal characteristics.
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(The + is for those who cellar it.)
There's a fair whack of acid on the palate, which bodes well for its longevity. The palate is medium bodied and somewhat silky. It finishes medium-long.
The rating might be a little higher if the wine was not so young. I reckon we're drinking this at least 3 years too early, and possibly 8. The elements of a good Cabernet are there, but they're slightly disjointed at the moment. I think they will come together well in time.
This bottle is already opened, however. I'd better test my theory again. And again.
I've now had 2 glasses of this & the smile still exists - the thing that is unmistakable is just how much fruit the team have packed into the bottle. It's fleshy & ripe, with blue, black & purple fruits just relentless on the palate. It's soft & juicy, with supple chewy tannin. It is lip smackingly good. The fruit gives way to a hint of menthol, tobacco leaf, licorice, white pepper & a toasty warm cedar note. Possibly not built for the long term, but when young wine is this good, you don't question its longevity. It is savoury, easy to drink, long, ultra food friendly (my lamb chops totally lost it!) & possesses a balance, texture & depth that I've not seen in a $25 wine in some time. Cabernet normally sits well behind Pinot & Shiraz at my place, but this warrants a rethink. I love it.