Mixed Red Dozen
3 bottles each of:
2015 Cricket Pitch Red, South Eastern Australia
Excellent colour and mid-density. Being 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Shiraz it is more of the classic Aussie blend Cabernet/Shiraz. Lifted dark fruit and cedar notes on the nose. A rich mouth feel from the McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Fine tannins with the oak very much in the background ensuring great drinkability.
2012 Friends' Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Ranges, NSW, Beechworth, VIC & Hunter Valley, NSW
Mid to deep colour and density with youthful purple tints. Lifted cassis and leafy fruit with cedar/vanillin oak background. Very sweet entry to the palate and quite firm (but not aggressive) ripe tannins. Good alcohol weight. Dusty tobacco Cabernet Sauvignon flavours on the finish. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that will reward with short term cellaring.
2017 Sangiovese, Beechworth, VIC
Vibrant young colours and medium density. Very fragrant and appealing nose of red/maraschino cherry aromas. The background shows sweet oak, although the wine was not in any new barrels. Bright, savoury Sangiovese fruit on the palate with juicy acidity. Typical drying tannins and red spice/ginger notes with a great finish. Immensely enjoyable.
2016 Friends' Selection Shiraz, McLaren Vale, SA, Hunter Valley, NSW & Beechworth, VIC
A blend of Hunter Valley, Mclaren Vale and Beechworth Shiraz. Hand selected for our 'Friends of Brokenwood' release. Medium crimson red with bright and youthful tints and aromas of spice, mocha and cherry bramble from the oak. Blackberry and savoury fruit from the Hunter marries beautifully with the liquorice and red fruit from Mclaren Vale and Beechworth. Soft tannins and a dry savoury finish round it out. Ideal with lamb, veal and pasta.
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