Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Twisted Gum Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


Coming off a small three hectare, dry grown vineyard, this is the best offering from Twisted Gum's current releases.

Cabernet is a hit and miss variety on the Granite Belt. Some winemakers and growers suggest it's one of the best in the region. Some struggle each year to get it ripe. From my meanderings amongst the vines and the folk it's clear the terroir certainly plays its part. There's pockets which thrive and others just don't - a short drive around the corner proves this. This Cabernet comes from Ballandean on a site bordered by beautiful native bushland - no irrigation or pesticides used. Winemaker Andy Williams gets a big tick here.

Give this a good decant or at least let it sit for a couple of years more. It was drinking better on day two and three of tasting.

Blackberry and sage frame this Cabernet. Not overly dense, it carries itself with poise. A minerally drive cruises up the middle with another wave of fruit in hot pursuit. Typical tobacco and minty characters lie within whilst some tomato bush peers through. Puckering tannins bind it up in a neat package. A great drink, bring on the lamb shanks.

Drink 2019 to 2029.

92/100

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $35
Source: Sample
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