DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Reserve  |  2009 DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Inside Cuisine, Rhys Gard, March 14, 93 points

Wine of the Week by Rhys Gard

Wine: Oliver’s Taranga DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $55
Tasted: March 2014
93 Points.

Some say the ol’ Cabernet Sauvignon is Shiraz’s poor cousin. Sans elegance, lots of leather, a little too much tannin. But when you try a Cabernet that’s well made, there’s no other adjective more apt than elegant.

This is Oliver’s first release of 100% Cabernet. I’m a fan of both Corinna’s co-fermented Shiraz/Cabernet and the HJ Shiraz, although I’m now struggling to cherry pick a favourite.

This is impressive Cabernet, and different to your usual suspects from Coonawarra and Margaret River. The nose is full of dark fruit and cedar and spice, a hint of dark chocolate cake. Vanilla, which makes sense, as this wine spent 24 months maturing in French Oak. This is a big South Aussie red wine with smooth, slightly leathery tannin and a lot of blackcurrant, dark fruit and a gorgeous plummy hue.

Decant and pair with seared beef fillet, maybe some mushrooms, café de paris butter. Savour over the meal and remember the McLaren is so much more than simply Shiraz.

P.S if it looks like the bottle is empty, that’s because it is. Got a little excited and forgot to snap prior to tasting. Oops!

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Grape Variety

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region

100% estate-grown McLaren Vale


Rich deep burgundy


Lifted varietal notes- mint, leaf and ripe anise.


Powerful weight and lovely rich tannins. Loads of freshness, dark fruits, cassis and leafy spice. Long fine tannins round out the palate.

Cellaring Potential

10+ years


24 months in new French oak




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