Platter * * * ½ – Cab’s firmer structure dominates shiraz spicy ripeness in 2016. Tad less harmonious than more-exuberant & -balanced 2015 (4 stars, 88 pts). Time may resolve, mid-2018 still melding.
Vibrant red fruit, plums and cassis aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon combine well with black pepper undertones from the Shiraz. The palate is brimming with crunchy fruit with soft tannins and a velvety finish.
48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz, 3% Petit Verdot & 3% Mourvedre
The wine has the ability to grace all tables, from those where fine cuisine is offered to those where companionship and relaxation are preferred. Pizza with all its various toppings (but not too much chilli), all traditionally prepared meat dishes (ie. stews and grills), grilled or roasted game fish (ideally without a lemon based sauce) or for pudding. Pears in red wine (particularly if the red wine used is this wine!) will find a partner with this versatile wine. Alternatively the wine can be enjoyed on its own around the fire whilst trying to forget (or remember) “the one that got away!”.
Alcohol : 14.20 % vol
TA : 6.1 g/l
Sugar : 2.0 g/l
pH : 3.52