2007 Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $6.99

Silverdale, WA    13.5% alc.    (Purchased on 4/23/13)

IMG_0965Slightly hazy medium purple/garnet; nose shows slight cigar box cedar, earth and a little herbal/mint quality with very faint green bean.  In the mouth it’s both thin and a little watery, yet tannic at mid-palate.   Acidity seems slightly high and out of balance.  Flavors show more red fruit than black—not what I’d expect from Cab.  And the raspberry, cherry flavors are anything but concentrated.  Finish is drying, tart and astringent.  Back label says it spent 17 months in small French oak barrels, but I get only light oak.

Seems someone (was it you bin5?) commented perhaps on “What’s New” that this wine did nothing in particular for him.  I’d agree.  I’ll not be looking for more during the sale.  This wine is really in juxtaposition to the Shiraz from this producer that I reviewed earlier…and that was three dollars cheaper!!


4 thoughts on “2007 Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $6.99

  1. Seedboy

    Back in the 1980s when I started drinking wine, red fruit, mint, cedar/cigar box, that was the flavor profile of Cabernet (green bean was around, too, but considered a flaw). Then people started chasing scores from the people who taste 30 wines at 10 am and what stands out is the very ripe, very extracted, and that is when Cab became a showplace for black fruit and graphite and whatever else Robert Parker says when he likes one.

    1. lim13 Post author

      Good point SB. I can certainly handle the red fruit type Cabs and I love the minty, cedary qualities. What left me cold here was the lack of body and texture…something I usually expect to find in Aussie Cabs that also often have a tendency to be overripe.


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