Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir

I tasted two mature Cabernet Sauvignons from different areas, and it was amazing how the different terroirs showed.

The first was the 2002 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon (now Abercrombie) from Margaret River. This wine had dark berry, in particular blackberry flavour. It was savoury and had aged very gracefully. It was an elegant wine, with sufficient acidity and soft tannins to provide balance and complexity. The mouthfeel was delicious from the front palate to the finish.

Score: 95/+++

The second wine was the 2001 Elderton Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a much bigger wine with plum and prune flavours. It was clear, this was a warmer climate style. The fruit had aged more and started to taste a little tired. The firmer tannins held the wine together.

Score: 92/+

Between regions, climate is the number one terroir factor. This was obvious in this comparison between two well made wines.

1 comment:

Travis Chia said...

This Australian wine also best wine for health I always prefer that. I enjoy too much at the beach with the Same wine...