Category Archives: Cabernet Franc

2006 D’Arenberg “The Galvo Garage” McLaren Vale South Australia

This is a multi-varietal wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvginon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

2006 D’Arenberg “The Galvo Garage”If you consider gold medals in choosing your wines, then you would probably look closely at this one as it has 4 gold medals from both here and overseas.

Consequently, we were a little disappointed that it did not have a greater impact on us than it did. It did have a good dark plum colour with an interesting nose, strong berry flavours and an earthy finish.

The use of oak in the wine process was evident and this could have added to the tannins which the ladies at our small dinner were not very keen on.

However, the males were quite happy with it but did feel that the combination of so many wine varieties may have caused some loss of definition in the overall product. For a slightly higher priced wine I expected a little more than we received.

[ D’Arenberg Website | 2006 Tasting Notes ]

AWG Notes:  I have to concur with Terry’s comments, considering it had time to mature in the bottle for (conservatively) around four to five years, you’d rightly or wrongly probably expect a bit more complexity in the finished product.  Still, considering the range of varieties here, I think there’s a little something for everyone.

2006 Clonakilla Ballinderry

clonakilla  One of the Canberra regions best small family run wineries, Clonakilla at
  Murrumbateman, has produced another winner with their 2006 Ballinderry blend of
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc and Merlot.

  A bright purplish and lively looking wine, it has a strong palate of black currant and
  berry flavours with a hint of pepper and a pleasing finish in the mouth.  It is not
  weighed down with too heavy tannins or oak and is therefore an excellent dinner wine
  suitable for all meats and fish.

  Well placed in the $25 to $35 price range this wine should also keep well for quite a
  few more years and develop further complexity in the bottle.

I am looking forward to my next bottle of this good wine.