I've been anticipating the release of Coonawarra's premium 2007 cabernets with great interest. Spring frosts wiped out over half the region's total crop that season, but most winery reports indicate the salvaged fruit was of a high standard. Amazingly, the entire retail allocation of Majella's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is distributed through a single store.
Settled and moderately deep, its nose contains heavily ripened fruit nuances of currants, blueberries and fruitcake with a minty note of creamy chocolate/vanilla oak. It just lacks the label's typical vibrancy. A bit thin and hollow, its violet infused red/blackcurrant flavours end slightly raw and green, with prickly, angular tannins underlined by herbal tones and vanilla oak.
X From a very challenging season Majella has fashioned a cabernet with suggestions of their trademark radiance and character, but without their classic balance and depth. Drink 2011-2014.