Cabernet Aussie-Style

Yalumba Coonawarra The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
The 2002 smelled of cigar box, tobacco, light green pepper and a hint of pickle. In the mouth there was ample acidity which carriesd the juicy red flavors for a long time. Sourced from their Menzies Vineyard. Aged in French and US oak. Winemaker Peter Gambetta 13.5% $32.49 at Bottle Barn Yalumba

Leeuwin Estate Margaret River Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
This vintage has 14% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec in the mix. The 2000 vintage recently tasted was really an elegant Cabernet with enough structure for more innings to come. P&B in Margaret River 13.5% $37.99 at K&L Leeuwin

Rockford Barossa Valley Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Winemaker and Proprietor Robert O’Callaghan. P&B in Tanunda 14% $41.99 at Bottle Barn Rockford

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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