Hungerford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Review

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Australia
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Hungerford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Style: Mid-Full-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Hilltops, NSW

Overview: Like most young wine region the Hilltops has proclaimed themselves as one of the most exciting Viticultural regions in Australia. We seem to have a lot of those. Eventually all this wine-wanker terms we use become cliché, marketing terms that cause or eyes to glaze over. Most wine drinkers in Australia wouldn’t even know where to point to on a map of NSW when asked where the Hilltops region is. So I proclaim that the Hilltops is not ‘one of the most exciting Viticultural regions in Australia’ but ‘the most exhilarating, stimulating and intoxicating (in more way than one) regions in Australia’. The Hilltops typically produce lean, cool-climate style reds but this Cabernet displays a power and depth of flavour expected from warmer climes with notes of cool-climate elegance with a modest alcohol level of 13%. Surely this is more than just ‘exciting’, surely this tantalises and titillates.


Tasting note: Dark plum aromas with notes of cassis, menthol and underlying hints of pencil shavings. The palate is a fantastic balance between rich fruit flavours and subtle elegance with mocha, blackcurrant and black olive notes. Grainy tannins corrugate the tongue and allows this wine linger for minutes on end.   


Final Say: Such adjectives. Much description. Wow. $25-30 a bottle.


Score: 18.5 out of 20

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