Pepper Tree Calcare Cabernet 2010 (Coonawarra, SA)
14.3%, Screwcap, $42
Jim Chatto, Pepper Tree’s winemaking head honcho, is incredibly excited by the 2010 Pepper Tree Coonawarra and Wrattonbully reds and likely for good reason. This Calcare is going to need more time to come together though…
It’s a minty, dark and very firm wine is this Calcare, the oak a big thumping wallop over a slightly hard, wall-of-tannin driven palate, everything signed off with some equally firm acidity and alcohol.
All structure, no curves at present, there is some dusty chocolate fruit in there so no need for alarm. Patience required regardless.
Score: 16.5/20 88/100
Would I buy it? Not right now, no.
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