Thorn & Clarke Bona Fide Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


For reasons unknown, there seems to be some prejudice against Cabernet from warmer regions. Sure, it is different, but so often, when done well, it offers delicious wines, full of flavour. Case in point. The grapes here, from a single vineyard, were destemmed and then fermented in four-tonne open fermenters, for ten days. The wine was then pressed into ten-year-old oak for a further maturation of a year and a half. It was bottled without filtration. The St Kitts vineyard may be seen by some as not bullseye Barossa, but you’d never know (or care).

Inky magenta in colour, we have notes of spices and cocoa powder amongst the aromas. Black cherries, licorice, cloves and black olives with some tobacco leaves – this is big and bold. Classic Barossa. Delicious, richly flavoured with fine tannins and a lingering finish, there is an excellent balance between the fruit, tannins and acidity. It will continue to give pleasure for at least the next six to eight years. This may not be your typical cool climate Cabernet, but so what! Love it.