Tuesday, June 28, 2011


- Clare Valley/Padthaway, SA
- $7-$15
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

When I'm on the hunt for a good, cheap red, I'm often left wondering where the wines labelled 'South Australia' actually come from. My mind almost always automatically thinks; 'Riverland', so it's pleasing to know Taylors' 2010 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the more premium regions of Clare and Padthaway.

Chocolate coated plum and prune scents adorn the 2010 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon, with maybe a faint touch of spicy wood and a minor trace of something green, minty or menthol-like. The green notes disappear after an hour of decanting. In fact, it's all very simple and if anything; barely varietal. Its medium-bodied palate is predictably smooth and approachable initially, but it does show a rather ill-defined, stewy, raisined fruit character, which admittedly, brightens up nicely towards a more red fruit-like profile with a bit of air. Unfortunately, its finish is loose and short on genuine length of fruit, revealing disparate hints of date and menthol underneath an undoubtedly basic structure. As a cheap-Tuesday rump steak-night wine there's some consolation value here (I know, that's how I drunk it), but other than that, there's just not enough going on to see it to stand up on its own.

X When I saw the regional sourcing for the 2010 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon my hopes were raised, but in the end, it's just another generic, cheap red devoid of genuine interest. Drink to 2012.
84 points

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