Friday, November 19, 2010
Nugan Estate Embassy Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
For the wine people, Nugan Estate is the winery behind Cookoothooma label with 510ha of vines mostly at Darlington Point (30kms south of Griffith), and some in the King Valley (Vic.) and McLaren Vale (S.A). Their McLaren Vale Shiraz recently won a gold at the Decanter Wine Awards in the UK.
Am not expecting much from this wine, as I bought it on spec, but it is labelled for the American Market, complete with Pregnacy warnings. According to the label, its based around wine that was tasted at the Australian Embassy in Washington. If it's good enough for Mr Beazley, it's good enough for me...
I'm expecting a warm climate, ripe fruity cabernet with hopefully some tannin to hold it together.
Okay, here is the review
Oak driven nose, with a faint hint of mint. On the palate, its dark fruited with dark plum/blackberry/blackcurrant fruit. Finishes firm with typical Cabernet tannins taking over. Oak rounds out the palate with notes of caramel and vanilla. It's a credible example of warm climate cabernet, not overblown by any stretch, albeit its definitely in a ripe, concentrated style. Needs a big fat texas grain induced t-bone with caramelised onions. Will hold for a couple of years. 14.5% Alc. Excellent value at $3.33 per bottle! points? 85-87