|Aramis Black Label Cabernet
Aramis Vineyard Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $25
I can’t tell you much about the Aramis Vineyard except that it is a 64 acre plot in McLaren Vale planted mainly to Cabernet and Shiraz with the winemaking methods listed as ‘traditional’.
It’s a pretty traditionally styled McLaren Vale red too, a rough and tumble red that is hearty, raw and totally unpolished. McLaren Vale of yore if you like. Think macerated cherry chocolate oak/fruit, rich fleshy plums and a splash of mint and menthol varietal character. Big, raw, volatile, warm but so very McLaren Vale. Palate too is lumpy and extractive in a hearty, big and blokey, mint and berries, sweet and sour dry style. Raw, American? oak. Lots of flavour.
Ultimately if you’re looking for maximum flavour then no question that this delivers. Should get even better in another 18 months time too. Just don’t go looking for delicacy… 16.5/88