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Monterra

Monterra
2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Monterra
2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Aromas of ripe plum, ground ginger, eucalyptus, and rosemary with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long dark chocolate, pomegranate, toasted baguette, butter, and fleur de sel finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, well-structured Cabernet with heaps of spice; drink now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe plum, ground ginger, eucalyptus, and rosemary
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate, pomegranate, toasted baguette, butter, and fleur de sel
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, well-structured Cabernet with heaps of spice; drink now or cellar.

The Producer

Monterra Wines

The Producer
RDS 1436 Meadows Road
WIllunga, SA 5172
Australia
61 -412504010

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.