Years ago you used to regularly see wines from Padthaway gracing the shelves of the best wine stores. These days there is still plenty of it around but often hidden away in some of our biggest wine brands as a premium component to make them sing. It’s a shame because they really can be very good wines and it is doing the region a bit of a disservice. There is a generosity of flavour out of Padthaway although without quite the richness you get in McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley, which makes them very attractive, especially as young wines. And here is good example of the local Cabernet style.
Deeply coloured, there is a delicious purity of ripe blackcurrant fruits, with a savoury, earthy side adding attractive depth. It is followed by quite a mellow palate, more fleshy dark and dried herbal fruits well supported by mouthcoating tannins which support decent concentration and length. Pair it up with any red meat and you won’t be disappointed.