Monday, 25 January 2016
Ballandean Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Granite Belt Cabernet is a variety which has never really grabbed me by the cannasters. This is another of those. Having just spent a few days in Coonawarra I've been exposed to some pretty good benchmarks which isn't great for wines like these.
Opening with a waft of smoke, it settles down before mint and black fruit wander on by. That smokey character still lurks to taste and it's off putting I must admit suffocating anything in the immediate vicinity. It's bacon hock like but more charred. A day on and black fruit sits at the core with mouth puckering tannins with the smoke easing back.
Decanting is a must as it did drink better on the second day.
For me, I'd prefer others particularly at that price point.
Region: Granite Belt
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