Barwang Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Review

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Australia
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Barwang Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Mid-full bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Hilltops, NSW


Overview: It’s not easy being green… This week I tasted the wine in this review and another Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wine that was twice the price of the Barwang Cabernet and reminded me of how divisive Cabernet Sauvignon can be. The more expensive wine was a 2005, well awarded (in its youth) but the aging process had not been kind to this poor senior. The reason was the ‘green’ character that causes many an argument between wine writers and show judges. This ‘green’ edge may have been less apparent when the wine was young, masked by youthful Cabernet characters but as those bright flavours have dropped away with age all that is left is a sappy, bitter wine, best served to people you don’t really like but insist on inviting you over for dinner parties.

In comparison the Barwang had a pleasant leafiness which added to the elegance of the wine but did not stray into the ‘green’ realm and displayed far more finesse than the more expensive wine. That being said the Barwang would be best enjoyed over the next 1-2 years, don’t bother with cellaring.


Tasting note: A nose of plum and blackberry, these two characters feature also on the palate with a touch of cassis and menthol complimented by fine tannins. Overall the palate is very elegant, and refined due to the cool-climate influences of the Hilltops.


Final Say: Leafy but not green, this wine has escaped Kermit’s curse. The price of this wine differs greatly; I’ve seen it as cheap as $11.99 and as dear as $18 a bottle.


Score: 17 out of 20

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