Monday, May 10, 2010

***+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 40 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Review, March, 2008:

This Cameron Hughes entry is from McLaren Vale, Lot 40, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass, it is very dark red, with hints of orange - very unusual for such a young wine.

Modest aroma is deep and a touch funky, with a touch of the characteristic Australian eucalyptus.

On the palate comes a sleek, full, oily presence - with a deep glycerine sliding around your palate - it brings elements of cherry, raspberry and mint. Finish trails off in linear fashion, but rests for a very long time. It is not concentrated or complex, and I'm not convinced about cellaring capacity. Three stars, with a plus because of the intriguing mouth feel. Good value.

Updated Review, two years later, May, 2010:  In the glass, this is still deep and dark - remarkably the orange is gone at the edges, which are now pure purple!  Everything has held the same on the nose, same funky helium, same bold Australian shiraz.  Less oil on the palate, but remains sleek and balanced.  Rating holds at three stars, with the plus now for bright friendliness.  Good value.

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