Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Coonawarra, SA)
14%, Screwcap, $28.95
I’ve been a little lazy on the tasting notes over the past fortnight, purely as the beach and beer has beckoned loudly…
Anyway, I opened this Cabernet up in a blind lineup and thought it stood out as a welcome return to the more classic Zema mode – which means rather less ripe than the last couple of vintages.
It’s still a slow-burner though, the nose all dusty Coonawarra cassis and a little cedar. Mid-weight, but still quite curranty and fleshy, the palate driven bulky tannins and quite firm extraction.
Firm, dry and ageworthy, there is plenty of ‘solidness’ about this Zema Cab, even if its a bit raw edged.
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Hmm. Not at the moment. Give it five years though?
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