One of three variations in Xavier Bizot’s articulation of the Australia-proud cabernet-shiraz blend, which he has come to believe is the most complete expression of the red varieties on his Wrattonbully region vineyard in south-east SA’s Limestone Coast zone. Here cabernet sauvignon is the lead player at 62% share with shiraz 37% and cabernet franc just 1%, and the wine has a wonderfully familiar aromatic greeting given that set of priorities: ripe black currant, clear and concise without tending to ribena.
The fruit notes on the palate are glorious: the whole package feels like it is wearing a black evening dress, which perhaps reflects a nine-month rest in 21% new oak for each of the varieties then a further nine months in old foudre casks. Classicism personified. The shiraz adds a little mid-palate plumpness without sweetening or dominating the flavour profile, while not surprisingly the wine is coated with classic cab-shiraz tannins, balanced neatly in the mouth to be long, even and delicious.