Wild & Wilder The Pugilist Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2021


Superb Cabernet from a dreadfully underrated region. Curious name, though I am sure that the team had its reasons. A fine vintage, the grapes were harvested early to ensure the retention of freshness, while the use of whole berries in the ferment maintains vibrancy. Vivid purple in colour, the nose is immediately alluring. There is a hint of an oaky note but well integrated, with toast and vanilla notes. Cloves, chocolate, bay leaves, black fruits, licorice and cassis. The palate is seamless, the flavours delicious. Excellent length here too, through to silky tannins. A full-flavoured, rich and plush wine, with good structure, offering great drinking now and sure to continue over the next five to six years. A very fine example of a warmer climate Cabernet.