Eden Road ‘The Long Road’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Australia
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Eden Road ‘The Long Road’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Vintage: 2009

Style: Full Bodied Red

Country: Australia 

Region: Canberra

 

Overview: Cabernet Sauvignon is an old Aussie favourite. It’s one of the most widely planted varieties in the world yet the variety itself is relatively young. Its birth century is the 17th century and its father is Cabernet Franc and its mother is Sauvignon Blanc. No I haven’t been in the bathroom snorting stuff, this variety, which produces some of the world’s heaviest reds, is a cross between a red variety and a white variety.

It originates from Bordeaux where it is typically blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In Australia it is planted in just about every region, the only place I have not seen a Cabernet from in Australia is Tassie, it’s just too cold there. The regions that have gained fame from Cabernet are Margaret River, Coonawarra and the Barossa.

While this variety has been popular for a long time its varietal characters have often been misjudged. Twenty years ago the sought after Cabernet Sauvignons were minty and, what I call now, lean, green and mean (yes, I’m still talking about wine here not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). These ‘green’ characters are very bitter on the palate and it was once believed that these aggressive characters would disappear with cellaring. Wrong, it took about ten years to realize that these characters do not disappear but only become more prevalent as the primary fruit dropped away. Ultimately this ‘greenness’ can be a result of under ripeness.

Today we look for ripe berry characters, blackberry and cassis. Mint and menthol flavours are still sort after but if the wine is ‘bitter’ that is a big no-no. As always with wine it is all about balance. This wine is a great example of that, the cool climate fruit retains an elegant, lean, structure but is complemented by fruit weight.

 

Tasting note: Menthol and blackberry aromas on both the nose and palate. Also on the palate more delicate characters of blueberry can be tasted. The tannins are quite grippy and a touch chalky. It finishes with black olive nuances. Will definitely benefit from cellaring.

 

Final Say: Canberra is a relatively small wine region as far as Australia goes but are producing some of the best wines out of this country. This wine sells for between $20-$25 dollars.

 

Score: 16.5 out of 20 (In the Garden of Eden)

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Jack Davis

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