Kirrihill Tullymore Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Clare, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $22
Am I alone in saying that I think Clare Cabernet often outclasses the Shiraz? It’s site dependant of course, but when we’re talking about the cheaper end of the spectrum, Clare Cabernet (and blends) seem to perform better (to my tastes at least). This, fittingly, well outclasses its Shiraz counterpart too.
Big, mint choc regional characters in this Tullymore Cab with lovely rich dusty blackberry fruit. It’s hardly light and leafy Cabernet, yet its still recognisably varietal. Long grainy tannins drive the palate, the roughly hewn style so hearty and deep that you can’t help but like it.
A quite classic old school (think 1990s Bin 56) Clare red, I can definitely see the appeal of this, particulalry given what price it can be picked up for in retail land.
Drink: Now – 2017
Score: 17.3/20, 90/100
Would I buy it? If I was looking for a sub $20 Cabernet then absolutely yes.
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Definitely prefer Clare Cabernet to their Shiraz. Grosset Gaia and Wendouree Cab Malbec are my two favourite Clare reds.