Before we talk about how this Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 tastes, a question. Do you like Tasmanian Cabernet? More importantly, would you buy it?
That’s the question I always wonder with Domaine A. It’s so particular in style that I wonder who buys the stuff. On it’s day, and this is a strong vintage, these are some of the most elegant expressions of Cabernet in Australia. But who really likes drinking them?
Anyway, still great colour in this 2012 vintage – dark blood red. Cedar, a whisper of green veges, brick dust on the nose, as you’d expect. The palate is savoury, evolved and mellow, with dusty tannins driving the finish and the greenish edges giving this a certain regal Cabernet vibe.
A strong vintage for Domaine A Cabernet (although I like the 2008 better). for mine this sort of style works well over dinner, with some sort of lamb dish, where it all fades together in true claret style. But I can also see it’s going to divide a room of typical Australian palates – especially with its green, cool clime Cabernet whispers.
Best drinking: good now, and will still be good in another decade. 18/20. 93/100. 13.8%, $110. Domaine A website. Would I buy it? Let’s share a bottle.
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“green, cool clime Cabernet whispers”. Love it.