Monday 26 January 2009

Tokar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Yarra Valley)

Two years ago we visted a number of vineyards in the Yarra Valley just out of Melbourne. One of the vineyards we went to was Tokar Estate and tonight we opened the Cabernet Sauvignon we had purchased there.

This is an exceptional wine. We were both surprised just how good it was.

This wine is drinking well now and to start with I thought that it didn't have sufficient tannins left in it for structure and further flavour to develop, however once it had aired we were convinced it could easily be cellared for a few more years as the tannins revealed themselves. We did have a little bit of sediment in our glasses and should probably have decanted the wine first.

White pepper was the predominant smell of this dark purple wine. To taste it had a powerful dark cherry and licorice flavour and medium length. The 14.5% alcohol also added in giving this wine a good body, although it was not too alcoholic to detract from its other wonderful flavours and overall balance.

I only wish we had purchased more than one of these...

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