What a great name for a winery from Australia – Black Opal. It conjures so much with so few words. Thus, attempting to follow their lead ….
Winemaker: Black Opal
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Notes: In the glass this Australian Cab was a deep garnet – leaning a bit toward the browner shade in the garnet spectrum. The bouquet brought me pine cleaner, unctuous cherry, and earth. Acidity was good, the body was medium, and I felt the tannins were on the heavier side of light. Alcohol was at 13.5%. On the tongue I tasted copious wood, baked cherry, bitters, sour dill and what I can only describe as a hint of biscuit. Seriously, it was a flavor not dissimilar to the spoon drop biscuits my grandmother used to make. As a result, the lingering finish was very reminiscent of cherry pie. I swear I’m not making this up! Although I would have preferred a bit more from the tannins since it is a Cabernet Sauvignon, I have to say I enjoyed drinking this inexpensive offering from Black Opal. Is that because of my grandmother’s biscuits? Well … maybe. But I also happen to like cherry pie!