The rise and rise of Barossa shiraz has been to the detriment of Barossa Cabernet. Which is not to suggest that Barossa shiraz doesn’t deserve its national and international prominence, but it does highlight the slow decline of producer and consumer interest in Cabernet. So, when you see a stunner of a Barossa Cabernet, acknowledge it.
Let’s start with the new release Langmeil Wild Child 2019 Cabernet. There’s a measure of restraint here, a respect. I like that. Aromas of ripe cabernet arrest the senses, of lavender, briar, black berries, bay leaf and fennel. Oak is measured. Tannins are fine and nicely acclimatised within the generous body of the wine. It’s medium-bodied which might surprise some. This is no Barossa blockbuster. It’s designed to show the gentler side of the region and succeeds. The more you search out Barossa Cabernet, the more you are rewarded.