2018 Wynns (Black label), Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia, 13.7% RRP $45

    A staple of canny wine buyers, Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is thoroughly under-priced considering its dependable excellence and proven ability to improve for decades. While Coonawarra is a destination for wine-lovers, combining a visit to explore Mt Gambier and the Naracoorte caves is highly recommended. This wine has a vivid deep crimson/ blood-plum colour. Fragrant with pastille, violets, dark berries, wild herbs and spices, cedar oak adds further complexity. Youthful, the wine is deceptively approachable, combining fresh blackcurrant flavours with a fine dusting of dark chocolate. The suppleness and lingering finish make the wine a winner. Some people avoid Cabernet Sauvignon for being too stern, but this rich, fleshy example will overturn that perception. Importantly, this wine can usually be purchased for much less than its RRP.

    Conclusion; a complete wine full of delights already. A rib-eye steak beckons, but really any red meat roast, chops or a selection of cheeses will partner fabulously. Satisfying and delicious.


    2019 Bellvale Pinot Noir, Gippsland, ABV: 14% RRP $28

    Situated on the Tarwin river, South Gippsland; Bellvale was established in the late 90’s and has garnered a worldwide cult following. The entry level 2019 vintage Pinot Noir is the epitome of great value. You can’t get a more complete and complex pinot at this price. Deep and brooding in the glass, the slight cloudiness suggests minimal fining or filtration and leans to Bellvale’s traditional philosophy of letting the terroir and vineyard do the talking. All wines mature for 12 months in new and used French oak barriques. Aromas of forest floor, barnyard, truffles and stewed rhubarb display impressive development even in its youth. This carries over to the palate with a soft, pillowy texture, gorgeous wild red fruit and a subtle yet persistent cracked pepper finish which lingers. I picked up this little gem at Seddon Wine Store for a few bucks less than the RRP. It is the perfect spring time red.

    Conclusion: Pair with wild mushroom risotto topped with bacon bits, fresh seasonal herbs and blobs of thickened cream. 



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