M came to Wollongong bearing gifts

Sunday lunch at Wollongong Diggers, and this gift from M.


Apparently someone recently moved from M’s East Redfern complex and obligingly left behind their wine cellar!

I haven’t been able to track down the exact wine on the left, except that the provenance is good. I suspect it is simply no longer available.

The wine on the right sells for around $70 a bottle.

The fruit for this wine was sourced from several of the well-established vineyards all located at Langhorne Creek. This superlative Cabernet growing district is renowned for rich soils, nourished by the Bremer River’s flooding, which drives the development of powerful characters and distinctive flavours in the local fruit. The wine underwent a relatively warm ferment to extract the maximum colour and flavour from the excellent fruit. Each parcel was pressed separately then racked to barrel, where it finished primary fermentation. Once malolactic fermentation was complete the wine was racked again and returned to the same new French and American oak barrels for a further two years. Winemaker John Glaetzer

A deep red colour, the wine shows very good varietal Cabernet characters. The nose exhibits spice, mint, chocolate and rich berry fruit. There are elements of eucalypt, tar, blueberry and sweet loam, hallmark characters of good Cabernet Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek. The palate is full bodied with exceptional layers of berry fruit and chocolate oak, finely integrated nuances, the matrimony between wood and Cabernet is evenly matched by the singular wash of trademark fruity acids that mark the vintage. Real dark plum, loam and tea, instances jammy nutella-like compaote, the cassis clings all the way through, buffered by the violin-like tannins, it culminates lightly smokey, velvety textured, ripe and tight.