On Monday, I wrote up an idiosyncratic wine from Margaret River, Western Australia – Gralyn Artizan. Idiosyncratic because it’s fortified and I don’t know many Cabernet Sauvignon focused regions in the world that can turn out a really good fortified wine too.
Who knows, but I’m pretty sure you won’t find any fortified wines being made in commercial quantities in the cooler climes of the Adelaide Hills, South Australia (pictured). In fact when I visited last July, a fair bit of Cabernet Sauvignon had been grafted over because of issues ripening it there. However, get it right and Adelaide Hills Cabernet can be wonderfully perfumed and super fine.
At least that’s my experience of The Lane 19th Meeting Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, of which I was recently reminded when I presented a tasting at The Grill Room in Knightsbridge. Beef was on the menu and it brought back to mind The Lane Cabernet which I imagined would be a very fine dining companion with carpaccio of beef, even though I don’t eat meat! Sure enough, The Lane’s website recommends any cut of rare beef with it, so beef eaters, here you go, a hot tip for a summery rare beef dish:
The Lane 19th Meeting Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Adelaide Hills)
Deep garnet with ruby flashes. The nose is gloriously perfumed, with cedar, red & black currants, red cherries and juicy blood plum, which follow through on a vital, fluid palate, its oh so fresh fruit almost crunchy, the tannins super sheer, making for a gossamer lightness to the whole. Long, pure and vibrant, the finish shows a hint of tobacco and smoky oak. As poised, polished and perfumed as they come. Just lovely. 14% The 2009 is currently stocked by importers Corney & Barrow at £28.50/bottle.