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DOURTHE X PENFOLDS II - CABERNET / SHIRAZ / MERLOT 2019
- Product Weight
- 1.5 kg
The creation of this limited release cabernet shiraz began in a quest to create something real, different, and aspiringly lofty, together with our trusted partner Dourthe Bordeaux. The French component of this wine was made at two of the Dourthe-owned wineries. Australian components of this wine were made at Penfolds Nuriootpa Winery (South Australia). The French and Australian components were blended and bottled in South Australia.
Tasting Notes :
Colour: Dark and deep; brilliant/bright hue; purple core
Nose : Quite captivating - unlike whatever varietal and sourcing stats listed above might predict – invoking uniqueness/‘otherness’/intrigue. An admirable liveliness and vivacity is instantly recognised – Overheard: “As fresh as a new dawn in summer, such generosity rarely detected in winter!” An amalgam of scents: licorice root and slated black liquorice (réglisse), white pepper, black candy. The afore-mentioned candy appears to ever-so-gradually transition to spiciness, with air. Whilst sitting in glass more Middle Eastern/ African spices slowly arise. Oak remains backstage, detected via a subtle smokiness, and possibly a perceived nuttiness (crushed Brazil nut, unsalted cashew). Different, yet engaging. Beckons …
Palate : An immediate recognition – all is complete and balanced; in proportion, dimensionally full and generous. When approached sideways/laterally – “You get the whole, before the parts.” Shiraz coats the cabernet yet still supporting a classic cabernet graphite core. Flavours, aromatically itemised above, merge to the palate – retronasally with this wine what you smell is certainly what you taste! A lovely weave/texture (not a film) – whilst velvety, granularity of tannins is still apparent. These tannins (and acidity) act as a conveyance for fruit. Yes, an engaging acid liveliness and vivacity – akin to the mouth-watering acidity inherent in many Japanese dishes. Length and persistence – manifested ever-so-softly, with a mineral stamp on the finish. Certainly a thought-provoking, dare we say, cerebral wine
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot