I didn’t mention it when talking about the Shiraz, but interesting to note that (like the Balgownie) this is another wine that is rolling out ‘old vine’ on the label. Not a bad USP when you have fifty-year-old vines too. This Taltarni Old Vine Estate Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 will live for decades too, fittingly.
Old school oaky, minty Pyrenees Cabernet. Classic Taltarni actually. Spearmint, the oak tends towards dusty caramel chew, the fruit ripe and deep and tannin shaped. It’s not a mixed ripeness mintiness (so not unattractive) but it’s not for everyone. That oak is prominent. Structural oak. The tannins are powerful too.
Notably, this was better on the second day which says it all. This will be a 20+ year wine. Best drinking: wait two or three years and then drink over the next twenty. 18/20, 93/100. 14%, $45. Taltarni website. Would I buy it? Worth a bottle for the cellar.
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