Taylors Masterstroke Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

October 31, 2023By Yvonne

Taylors Masterstroke Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 $60 Journeying outside their home region of Clare Valley, Taylors winemaker Adam Eggins has unleashed his skill and talent on fruit from Coonawarra. The result is an exceptionally floral, exotically scented, sweet tobacco, spearmint, and cocoa-crammed cabernet with a juicy palate saturated with blueberry, dark cherries and boysenberry depth. … Read More

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

October 31, 2023By Yvonne

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $70 Just gazing at its impenetrably inky, glossy, magenta-black colour as it pours into your glass was enough to make me wobble at the knees, but hoisting it to my nose and inhaling its rich aromas of spearmint cocoa, dark plum, wild cherry and smoked blueberries made … Read More

Taylors Legacy Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

October 31, 2023By Yvonne

Taylors Legacy Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $1000 This eyepoppingly elegant Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon has had a splash each of merlot and cabernet franc added to inject a touch extra complexity to wine crafted from fruit sourced from the very best blocks of the year. It was given a cool, quiet, 42-month sleep in … Read More

Taylors The Visionary Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

October 31, 2023By Yvonne

Taylors The Visionary Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $220 Tasted bottle no. 4034 Inky-bright and garnet-dark, this deeply complex, exotically-scented cabernet sauvignon roars with bay, blueberry, fresh tobacco and earthy, dutch cocoa characters. It’s the 7th vintage of ‘Visionary’  which is named after founder Bill Taylor, who had a vision beyond his life in big … Read More

Barossa Black Double Oak Series Barossa Rum Cabernet 2021

June 27, 2023By Yvonne

Barossa Black Double Oak Series Barossa Rum Cabernet 2021 $21 Well well well. With all the bourbon-aged red wines out there, I didn’t expect the character of this wine to be so different, what with it coming from extended maturation in rum barrels. But hello! It’s chock-full of caramel and vanilla and ripe sultana-saturated sweetness … Read More

Barossa Black Barossa Cabernet 2021

June 27, 2023By Yvonne

Barossa Black Barossa Cabernet 2021 $19 Classic dark, inky cabernet with a sweet boysenberry concentration, hints of peppermint chocolate and bay, it’s an easy, smooth, plump red that’ll keep the party moving. Or it’ll round out your quiet time in front of the telly nicely. If you’re a chunk of blue cheese I’d be very … Read More

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

January 17, 2023By Yvonne

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $45 Hailing from one of Hawke’s Bay’s ‘holy trinity’ of vintages (2019, 2020, 2021), the name Elspeth was given, years ago, to their flagship wines, after the owner/winemaker of the time Tim Preston’s grandmother, Elspeth Preston. Only released when the fruit is fantastic, this cabernet sauvignon would … Read More

Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Hieronymus 2019

December 24, 2022By Yvonne

Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Hieronymus 2019 $125 A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, (clone 10), 29% cabernet franc (clone 326) and 11% merlot (clone 181) sourced from predominantly their ‘Stone’ Gimblett Gravels vineyard, this wine is the epitome of what the Elephant Hill team can achieve from an excellent vintage. Inky-dark and glossy, this wine … Read More

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020

December 8, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020 $40 If I were in a hostage situation and the gunman said “Somebody better tell me what’s the greatest local Bordeaux-style red wine that I can buy for under fifty bucks, in the next five seconds or the granny gets it!” I would be hollering “Te Mata Awatea … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2021

November 22, 2022By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2021 $35 The nose of this wine absolutely roars with bay leaf and bouquet garni characters, a dusting of dark cocoa, gentle, plush plums and boysenberries ahoy! Classic cabernet characters of cigar box and cedar merge with blackcurrant, dark cherry, hints of black olive and briny goodness … Read More