Haselgrove First Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Australia
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Haselgrove First Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Vintage: 2009

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia


Overview: For those who have been following my blog for a while now may notice my tendency towards International wines. This is simply because a lot, not all, but a lot of Australian Wine blogs cover more Australian wine than anything else and I am of the belief that there is a need for more coverage of international wines. After all Australia would not have a wine industry without the influence and guidance of the ‘Old world’ of wine. The ‘Old world’, in wino speak, includes France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece, though Grecian wines have been overshadowed by the rest of the ‘Old world’. These countries have been making wine for hundreds and thousands of years. The ‘New World’ of wine refers to Australia, USA, Chile, South Africa, Argentina and many other budding wine growing countries. Australia does not produce the best wines in the world but they do produce some of the best value wines in the world, just like the wine in this review.

Just as we, Australians, are new on the Winemaking scene so is Cabernet Sauvignon. When I say new I mean it was believed to be developed in the 17th century whereas the older varieties like Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc etc. can date all the way back to 500AD. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, that’s right a cross between a red and a white.

The Haselgrove First Cut (Primo Taglio) Cabernet Sauvignon is from the McLaren Vale, a warm region that produces great, full-bodied red wines.


Tasting note: A nose of plum, mint and tobacco. The palate is soft and smooth with characters of plum, blackberry and menthol with dry, grippy tannins. Drinking well now but will benefit from careful cellaring.


Final Say: This wine generally sells for around $16 a bottle but I have seen it as low as $14 so as I said this wine represents what Australia is known for, powerful, great value wines.


Score: 16 out of 20 a great drop for the price. (80 out of 100)

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Jack Davis

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