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Saturday, January 19, 2013

A solid cabernet: Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Coonawarra really should have a higher profile than it does.  It perhaps did in the 1970s and 1980s, but has since lost its lustre.  It is one of a handful of Australian wine regions that truly, in my opinion, produces a wine of unique terroir when it comes to cabernet sauvignon.

Leconfield's cabernet sauvignon is usually a fairly reliable sort of wine, and I found myself liking the 2004 vintage even though it had a few issues.

The wine has intense aromatics of currants, chocolate, licorice, cherry cola and blackcurrants.  Perhaps a little dessicated I could say, but 2004 is now nine years ago, so this is not to be entirely unexpected even for a good vintage such as the 2004 vintage in Coonawarra.  The wine's most eloquent argument is its length - which is quite noticeable.  The glosses are the acidity seemed a little higher and the tannins a little drier than I would have hoped for, and thus the balance in the glass is pleasant rather than perfect.  But I found the wine rather likeable anyway, its blackcurrant and chocolate driven length carrying me through.  Drink up.  Good

Abv: 14%
Price: mid $20s
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.leconfieldwines.com
Tasted: 2013
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