Who needs a chaperone? Barristers Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

FABULOUS LADIES REVIEW: Barristers Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

I don’t really like Cabernet Sauvignon. There. I’ve said it.

It’s not that I dislike it. It’s just that…well…if I’m looking for a gutsy red, I’d much rather enjoy something less grippy. A big Shiraz, an Italian style Barolo or Barbera, or a smooth Merlot.

There’s something a little too robust about most straight Cab Sav’s. Which is probably why it’s most often found hanging out with it’s smoother, and less edgy friends, Merlot and Shiraz. Heck, even in it’s homeland of France it’s partnered with Cabernet Franc and Merlot to create the classic Bordeaux wine.

I’ve always thought Cabernet Sauvignon was a girl who should never be seen without a chaperone. And while I’m more than happy to drink a glass or three, given a choice I’d prefer something that’s a little more Euro-trash.

So it was with some trepidation that I approached the Barristers Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. While I don’t love them, I can and do appreciate Cab Savs, and I was ready to review this wine with an open mind and to continue to live with the secret of my Cabernet Sauvignon aversion.

But now, it’s all out in the open. And I’m a changed woman. This is a Cab Sav I really, honestly enjoyed.

It’s the soft, floaty finish that really surprised me. Where were those teeth gripping tannins? Where was that muscle twitching at the corner of the eyes as it went down my throat? Not there. Nope. Not a hint of a wince.

Partly to do with the excellent oaking of the wine, and partly to do with the freakish magical powers of the wine maker, this is a Cab Sav that can confidently stand on it’s own. The lush fruit flavours were amazing-  fresh and vibrant. And some of those classic Cab Sav spicy, vanilla notes made it a treat to finish.

The label is…well…a little on the “old money” side of things, and the name screams “Lawyers in mid-life crisis”. But the latter isn’t true. The name of the winery comes from a huge legal battle that the owner, Jan Siemelink-Allen, had to face in order to prevent losing ownership of her vineyards in the Wrattonbully area, about half an hour from Adelaide.

But forget what it looks like. We all know it’s what’s inside that counts. And this is definitely a Cab Sav we think is worth a try.

Price: About $32.00

Available from: Better bottle shops, and direct from Barristers Block – at the cellar door and online.