Hugh Hamilton 'The Villain' Cabernet Sauvignon
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McLaren Vale, SA
Good Cab Sav is a real treat. It is globally recognised as one of the great red wine varieties. This writer travels far and wide around Australia looking hard for the best. It is a borderline obsession. Margaret River and McLaren Vale. That is where we end up. I reckon I have found a cracking wine right here.
(WARNING - WINE TALK AHEAD). I recommend opening this one up. Let it air. Decant if you have one available. The tannins will soften, the nose will open up. If I was locked in our warehouse overnight with the choice of over 150 wines, this is the one I would drink (until I fell asleep on a bed tasting notes)
Cabernet arguably finds its greatest expression in the maritime climate of Bordeaux. McLaren Vale is warmer and drier but shares those maritime conditions. Cabernet is characterized by small, dark, tough-skinned berries, which produce long-lived wines of intense colour and firm tannins.