Bremerton Selkirk Shiraz 2006
(Langhorne Creek, SA) Screwcap, $23
Previous vintages of this were very highly lauded and deservedly so I think – Langhorne Creek is one of those ‘mid palate’ regions that is all about richness and generosity of fruit. Personally I prefer Langhorne Cab over Shiraz, but that is more just my predilection towards Cabernet.
On the nose this has rich chocolate oak and sweet choc berry fruit, with a dash of aniseed. The palate is voluptuous with layer after layer of sweet rich fruit washing through the palate. Admittedly there is alot of oak, but there is just as much flavour to match. It’s a big, generous, full flavoured red, but also super smooth and well made.
Very tidy drinking and will only get better with 12 months in the cellar.
Ceravolo Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(Adelaide Plains, SA) Cork, $20
I’ve always liked the generous, honest wines that Ceravolo make – there is just heaps of honest flavour on board for the dollars, though I’m not a fan of this.
On the nose its restrained red & blackcurrant, The oak is less dark chocolate and more vanilla on the nose & definitely less obvious than the richly oaked Selkirk. The palate similarly suffers, with its lighter redcurrant & cedar palate appearing thin and weak with the back palate edged with green oak tannins. Unusally mid weight for this region, this is not of this labels best moments.