Cascabel Carignan 2012 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $32
While the Graciano may garner the cool factor, it is this Carignan that is the superior Cascabel wine (much cheaper too). Then again, I’m putting my hand up here as a massive Priorat fan, so I don’t mind me a little Carignan action…
What this has over the Graciano is it’s extra meatiness – it’s probably not as oak-sexy but there is extra depth here (and freshness too) with more pepper and herbs. Again it’s cut with thick, cocoa powder oak edged tannins with a pithy bitterness. That meatiness is what I like about Carignan really and this is pumped full of it. Again the style is a bit warm and oak drawn but there is something very appealing about this wine.
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? A few glasses might work very nicely.