I wish these Zema wines were just a little less overt. More elegance, tone down the oak and alcohol. This Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, for instance, is high silver medal quality, but it could be gold medal drinking with a little ‘less’.
Thick, oak-drawn, ripe and fudgy, a big hit of flavour in a mode that reminds me of Balnaves or Wynns reds twenty years ago. It’s vanillan, plump and more about being a big luscious red than a terroir piece, yet underneath the quality is undeniable, the tannins long, the power all there (and will only look better in time).
A powerful and verbose Coonawarra red, with my score a nod to what lies at the core. Best drinking: later. Give it three or four more years and then drink for fifteen plus. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.5%, $49.99. Zema website. Would I buy it? A glass.
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