Wednesday, January 20, 2010


- Murray Darling, VIC
- $5-$13
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

The very affordable (fiver on a good day) Victorian riverland sourced Deakin Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon certainly impressed veteran Aussie wine critic Jeremy Oliver, who stated in his last book; "Discounts and clearance sales aside, is this Australia's best sub-$10 wine?"

Nicely varietal for the price, its leafy/minty nose of ripe dark plum, liqueur blackcurrants and cedar precede a soft and juicy cabernet palate with a sprinkling of dusty tannins peppered throughout its dry finish. Its vibrant plum and dark cherry flavours show elements of sour-edged acidity, with just a miniscule fraction of ultra-ripe fruit residing beneath, but the flow and charming balance evident from start to finish make the whole experience a totally delightful quaff.

ü+ It may not be as impressively varietal in its palate as its aroma, but for $7 it's almost impossible not to be smitten by Deakin Estate's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Save yourself a packet and whip some out at your next summer BBQ. Drink to 2012.
89 points

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