Deep, red, crimson color. Lifted aromas of blue berries and blackcurrants mingle with biscuit sweet French oak, briary spice and a hint of cool menthol. A mouthful of juicy blue fruits hits the palate, balanced with briary spice and a wonderful oak sweetness. Hints of licorice and black olive add to the complexity and flow through with velvety fine tannins to a youthfully austere finish.
The Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, the unsung hero of Barossa wine, has been matured in new (20%) and seasoned (80%) French Oak for two years, achieving the structure, depth and balance expected from this premium Australian grape growing region.
"Full bodied and richly textured, this is a terrific value in Barossa Cabernet. And it's no simple fruity concoction, either. Instead, it delivers complex notes of grilled meat, coffee and black olive layered easily over a base of dark plums. Finishes long, velvety and mouthwatering; drink now-2020.
"Saturated ruby. Classic cabernet aromas of cassis, bitter cherry, cured tobacco and licorice, with a suave floral quality gaining with air. Juicy, palate-staining dark berry and cherry flavors show an appealing sweetness, with dusty tannins providing firmness on the back end. Gains sweetness with aeration and finishes with echoes of bitter cherry and candied flowers. I'd hold onto this for a few more years, then serve it with grilled beef or lamb."
International Wine Cellar
For the price, a classic Aussie with just enough down under character to separate it from the increasingly mundane Cali cabs.
Most of the Australian reds I drink are shiraz. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this cab at a price that would be considered a bargain when compared to California cabs.
Dark fruits, balance, polish, and just enough spicey kick to keep you coming back for more. Good alone or with savory beef dishes.91 is an accurate rating.