Produced & Bottled by the World Wine Headquarters
Purchased: Salem OR 11-7-2014 (during the wine sale)
It appears that I have several of the WWH wines including (one that I haven’t mentioned because I hadn’t realized also came from them) an Argentinian Altivo Barrel Selection 2010 Chardonnay/Viognier Finca Eugenio Bustos that will be next on my review list. Normally I don’t focus on producers/bottlers, unless I’m trying to avoid a specific one per se; however, being favorably impressed by the Alexandre Sirech Les Deaux Terroirs Blanc and the more recently tasted Domaine de la Chique du Roussillon, I decided to try the other two wines that I have in my collection.
After loving the Colonial Estate Emigre, I decided to be more proactive in searching out Australian wines that I might like. Knowing nothing about their vintages, regions or favorable brands, it’s taking more research than I expected. According to one harvest report I read, the 2009 vintage was apparently greeted with mixed feelings. AU had a “record-breaking heat wave” that favorably affected South Australia’s late ripening varietals (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) but MacLaren Vale and Adelaide had to hurry to pick their early ripening grapes before sugar levels spiked. To me, this meant that this Cabernet was more likely to be a fruit forward, high alcohol wine…yet my newfound attraction to AU (as well as the sale price of $5.60) caused me to purchase it, regardless.
Again, because I’m unfamiliar with AU’s wine labeling regulations (i.e. in Oregon, for a wine to be labeled Pinot Noir, it has to be 90% Pinot Noir…although “new” wines to Oregon, such as Garnacha, only have to be 75% of that varietal to be labeled as such) and there is no other varietal listed on this label, I actually have no idea if it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon or not. No information is available from the producer on this subject. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of AU wines might be able to elucidate further.
Unlike the other bottles I’ve reviewed, this one opens with a screw-top.
Color: Dark garnet.
Nose: Stewed prunes. Very unpleasant at first whiff. Bing Cherry.
Taste: Medium body. It’s not fruit forward and it’s completely unlike what I expected. It’s nicely dry but that is it’s best quality. It’s tart bordering on sour and there are no layers to balance the tartness. Just tart, dry, stewed fruit with a bit of vegetal aftertaste.
I think this wine (at least my bottle) has been badly handled…”cooked”. Just my opinion. I really hate it when the expectation is there and it’s so foiled.
Note: Sorry if that seemed like a build up, only to fall flat. I do the pre-research the same for all my wines (I just find it incredibly interesting…how passionate each winemaker is, the steps they go through, regional differences and hardships). I was going to leave it out and just hit the bare bones of the review since the wine had gone off, but I thought someone else might be interested in the information in general. If that’s not the case, then in future I absolutely can do “short and just the facts” when a wine has gone off.