Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tahbilk Victorian Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990

Tahbilk (formerly known as Chateau Tahbilk) is far from being the most expensive Australian Cabernet, but it is, in my estimation, one of the most authentic and ageworthy. The last bottle I had of this 1990 Cab was in December of 2004, and this bottle represents a definite improvement.

At 20 years of age, the color is still good with minimal amber around the rim. The bouquet is well developed with notes of currants and mint. Previous bottles of this wine have been spicier and much less classic in this respect. It's light and elegant on the palate, claret-like, but with good concentration. Mid-palate flavors are savory, almost salty, and the finish is long and ripe with no hard edges. This is an excellent Australian Cabernet at its prime.

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