Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review: *** $ Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I just tried the Banrock Station Merlot and liked it a great deal for the price, so I'm opening a similarly-aged Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon.

Original tasting and review : This is Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol, and first sampled eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep mahogany, not quite opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a touch of rubber balloon and shy fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this may be like its merlot sister, shy in the nose but - perhaps - much bigger on the palate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sleek, rich and well-defined.  Not big or bold, but reasonably rich and satisfying, with touches of sweet oak still apparent.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Doesn't quite touch the plus that the merlot attained, but comes quite close and is still an excellent cabernet sauvignon value at the attractive price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon.

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