This hails from Perricoota which is the smallest wine region in New South Wales, just on the Murray River beyond a town called Moama. I visited there many years ago with family and purchased this from a B&B we were staying at. I’m struggling to find any information on the vineyard on the internet. Terrible label.
Southern Rivers Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Perricoota, 2006
Smells pretty much like a Cabernet, even after 11 years in the bottle. Roast tomato, green capsicum, black currant, cigar box and light mint. There’s an earthy, coffee ground savoury note and still a pinch of sweet oak. On the palate, that milk chocolate oak dominates before plenty of chunky tannins, good black berry and blackcurrant fruit. The fruit is still fighting the tannin (oak driven) suggesting it wasn’t probably the most balanced wine when it went in to bottle but there’s an inherent authenticity about the wine. I brought this out as a curio “extra” at a large party, it didn’t get drunk and I’m almost sorry no one decided to try it. A unique jigsaw piece of blue sky in the Australian vinous puzzle.
Wine self purchased.