d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Don’t tell anyone, but while d’Arenberg have a million different Shiraz releases, I often prefer their Grenache and Cabernet – especially the Cabs with a few years in bottle. In other words, give me Coppermine over Dead Arm every day.
The reason why Coppermine works starts at vineyard level – we’re talking Reynella clone, low yields (less than 1t/acre) and variable berry size (but typically small). It all adds up here to a tannic, grippy red of real substance. It’s more Vale than Cabernet, but the flecks of mint and boysenberry in amongst the blackness give this flesh to match the punch.
I like it. I like the Aussie grunt here and it will only get better.
Best drinking: Now to twenty years easy. 18/20, 93/100. 14.4%, $65. Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle.