- Screwcap (Stelvin-Lux)
Located south of Mount Compass on the main road to Victor Harbor, Mt Jagged is arguably the most prolific producer in South Australia's Southern Fleurieu Peninsula; an emerging region from where I've yet to experience a cabernet truly deserving of the 'Reserve' tag. Mt Jagged's 2007 Reserve is a single vineyard, co-fermented cabernet merlot aged in French oak (20% new) for 12 months.
Even with the back label's recommended decanting, Mt Jagged's Reserve smells about as evenly balanced and settled as the Australian cricket team XI. Its poor form is played out by a soupy, stewy, thinly scented fragrance bowled over by dehydrated olive and herb high notes, with whiffs of raspberry and date expressed in a sticky, jammy fashion. Any hopes of the palate making a second innings comeback are quickly dismissed once the wine hits the mouth. It's thin as can be, showing no signs of mid-palate stuffing or textural interest, while its poorly ripened, stressed fruit component goes on to finish with an imbalanced, acid dominated aftertaste underlined by salty, soupy flavour. Jagged by name, jagged by....
X Very, very difficult drinking at the price. Rest assured I won't be seeking out any 2007 Southern Fleurieu cabernets in a hurry. Drink now.