This Australian Cabernet Sauvignon was the hit of the evening, in fact it was universally liked and was the bottle that everyone wanted to return to when the tasting phase of the evening was over (we fortunately had two).
It started strongly, with a nice appearance, deep colour and good clarity that saw it get full marks for appearance almost across the board. The aroma too met with general flavour, some even calling it powerful.
The words most used to describe it were woody, spicy and smoky, and there was definite fruit with berries being the most mentioned.
So far so good, but it was when we began to taste that the compliments really started to flow.
Granted we had tasted a couple of the less well liked wines before this one, so it may have been partly relief at finally finding one that passed muster, but comments like “very smooth and flavourful wine”, “really very good, excellent finish” and ” the more I drink the more I want” showed that there was definite enthusiasm.
It was the only wine of the evening that scored a 100% would buy rating and interestingly most of the tasters said they believed this was not a Lidl wine, the highest number for any of the wines we tasted.
In the discussion after tasting there was general agreement that this was a bottle you could happily take with you when going to dinner somewhere – even to fussy friends! – and there was even some talk of stocking up for Christmas.
So, definitely one to try.