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Cabernet Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes, Tahbilk, 2017

£87.60/ 6 x Bottles (£14.60 each)

Deliciously approachable with distinctive notes of cassis, dark plum and mulberry together with a note of fresh mint. Good rainfall during the 2016 winter set good crop levels. A temperamental spring saw warmish rainy days, requiring diligent vineyard management to keep the vineyard disease-free. The grapes were picked based on flavour analysis, at between 12.5 to 14.5° Baumé and the wine was matured in 10 to 100-year-old large format French oak barrels for 18 months. This resulted in a tasting note of distinctive cassis, dark plum and mulberry, enhanced by nuances of Asian 5 spice, mint and touches of mocha. Deliciously approachable now, a ripe tannic grip underpins the fruit and leads to a hint of spice on the persistent finish.