Westend Estate 3 Bridges Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Westend Estate is a producer situated in Griffiths in New South Wales, and sourced the fruit for this cabernet sauvignon from the hot inland Riverina wine region.  The Riverina is perhaps best known for its bulk wine rather than its premium labels, and cabernet perhaps is more suited to cooler regions, but this wine proves the exception.  It presented itself near black in colour, with an aroma of dark olives, spices, black fruits, blackcurrants - aromas which improved with time in the glass.  On the palate, it had a medium level of persistence, with black fruits and pleasant acidity.  This wine was really quite good.  Moreover, it seemed to have that level of stuffing and fruit quality to suggest it might age for 5 years or so too, possibly longer.  At $20, it is extremely good value.  88-89 points.

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $20
Source: sample
Website: http://www.westendestate.com.au
August 2, 2011

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