Sunday, January 15, 2012
Mildara Wines 2000 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia)
When most people talk about Australian wine they think of the juicy, jammy, fruity numbers that many of us have tried over the years ... only the die-hards know that some of these Aussie wines are also great for the cellar ... not all of them mind you, you always have to be selective about what you lie down, but if you pick the right one your rewards can be great. Switching gears a little, I was watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on the weekend (I think my favourite of the series) it strikes me that what I said above can best be put into words by the knight who says to Indiana "You have chosen wisely" - meaning this wine was a good one to lie down. The nose was dried plum (but not pruney), chocolate liqueur, dried cherry and dried cranberry ... not at all the fresh fruit bomb one thinks about when they think Australian Cab. The palate also showed signs of those dried fruits, namely blackberry and black cherry along with touches of graphite, chocolate with a hint of balsamic on the finish. The nice part was this wine showed little sign of woodsiness, which means the wood it had seen had integrated with the wine nicely ... the bad part was the wine was ageing quickly in the glass - by the time I had reached an hour-and-a-half the wine was really showing it's age ... though it never got to a point where it was undrinkable.