Cradle of Hills Route de Bonheur GMS 2010 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $25
Open vats, basket pressing and 18 months in French oak. Good winemaking and authentic wine. Route de Bonheur – Road to Happiness. I think you would be happy drinking this with something steaky.
Sweet, slightly candied raspberry licorice nose, very slick and a little slippery with some Play-doh oak. That palate has a milk solids like fullness to the texture to compete with that vanillin richness. Super polished palate. It’s perhaps a fraction too polished but it is very well made. Maybe a little short? Good drinking and obviously quality fruit regardless in a delightfully modern rich plush fruit. Clever.
Would I buy it? I liked it though not sure I’d buy it.