|Kirrihill Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deserving more love?
14.5%, Screwcap, $16.95
Not for the first time this Cabernet outclassed it's Shiraz counterpart (on the show circuit too judging by the shiny medals on the label) just to emphasise (again) that, if done right, Clare Cabernet can provide great budget drinking. One suggestion for the reasons behind this is that the thicker skins of Cabernet make it more suited to the dry and warm Clare climate, though I don't think that's the complete story (I'm keen to find out that complete story though).
An immediately fresher wine that it's Shiraz sister and interestingly showing more oak too. It's all sweet mulberry/blackberry meets spearmint varietal/regional characters with a much sweeter oak overlay. The Shiraz could surely do with similar richness to pump it up? Palate too is sweeter, juicier and more varietal, the thick tannins working firmly in it's favour. Raw but lots of power and fulness, this is actually a very solid wine for the $16.95 price. Should live too. 16.5/88+