Posts Tagged ‘Margaret River’


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Evans & Tate Metricup Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Vintage: 2009

Style: Full-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Margaret River, WA


Overview: There are certain descriptors that we in the industry use that mean nothing to a lot of people. For me this was the Gooseberry character often used to describe Sauvignon Blanc. Up until two years ago I did not even know what a Gooseberry looked like let alone tasted like so when I did actually taste a Gooseberry my association was more that Gooseberry tasted like Sauvignon Blanc then Sauvignon Blanc tasting like Gooseberry. Another one of these descriptors is Cassis which is often used to describe Cabernet Sauvignon. Cassis is a liqueur made from Blackcurrants. Again, if you’ve never tasted Cassis then it’s hard to link it to what you taste in a wine. It’s a blackcurrant like flavor that can be tart but not bitter.

While I try to avoid using descriptors that will leave people staring blankly, mumbling ‘What the f@&* is he talking about’ I found that this wine was laden with that Cassis character and just could not find a substitution so if you’ve never had Cassis before think of Ribena, super ripe blackcurrants, or even blackcurrant pastilles.


Tasting note: Cassis aromas primarily but subtle characters of plum and menthol can be found lingering in the glass. Cassis again on the palate, as this heady blackcurrant flavour subsides more complex spice, plum, blackberry shines through. A nice hint of cinnamon and finishes with fine, grainy tannins.


Final Say: This wine can be found on the shelf for around $18 a bottle. Typically Margaret River in style, toeing that razor’s edge between green fruit and elegant spice and ripe fruit.


Score: 17.5 out of 20


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