These were all consumed on Christmas Eve – marking a departure from the multiple beers that mark some previous Christmas Eve’s….
Currency Creek Rose 2008
The details are a bit hazy and i can’t find much detail on the web, but it served its purpose on the night. Light, bright pink colour, the nose shows sweet candied red strawberries & raspberry lollypops.
The palate is sweet, with a fair dose of fair dose of residual sugar a key feature. Beyond the sugar however its brightly fruited, simply juicy and ends up quite drinkable. A big hit with all, even if its a very un-serious wine. $12 well spent. 16.0
Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet 2001
This vintage is all Great Southern fruit and for a change, almost all Cabernet Sauvignon (96%). It spent 2 yrs in oak & came from one of the hottest Frankland River summers on record. Important point that last one.
Mid red colour, the nose is slightly volatile, eucalyptusy & leafy with a nose that is very ripe in a dry-port-with-a-couple-of-years-on-it style. It smells mature, but still youthful. The palate is very dry and port like with a slightly overripe edge. Intensely tannis with some late, almost grape concentrate like sweetness, finishing long, alcoholic and somewhat hard.
It smells and tastes like a 20 year plus wine, with almost unbearable intensity. To my palate however its just overripe and rather dry port like, though the stucture and power is admirable. I really wanted to like this, but it ended up being quite hard work (at present at least). 16.5+
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
‘Oh, it’s twue, it’s twue, it’s twue, it’s twue!’
This is the 2nd time I have been tasted this and i’m happy to yet again confirm that it lives up to the hype. But please don’t drink it now – its just so primary, fruit sweet and youthful that its a waste to drink it at present. It will live for another 20 years, especially resplendent in a screwcap. Its classic warm year Moss Wood – decadently rich, curranty & plush and more-ish with excellent line and length. A keeper. 19