Last week at Cav’s Steakhouse on Australia’s Gold Coast we cracked a bottle of South Australian stalwart Henschke’s Keyneton Euphonium which is a multi-regional, multi-varietal blend consisting of the following breakdown: 62% shiraz, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot and 7% cabernet franc grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).
A sound South Australian product, the blend contains a highly perfumed bouquet with an attractive sweetness which clung to the glass in a very tempting fashion.
We paired this delightful wine to a meal of delicious steaks (for which Cav’s is rightly famous for in the Gold Coast region). My meal (king rump) was actually cooked to perfection as a rare leaning medium rare with a firm helping of sides as pictured.
The wine itself? Inspired pairing of currants, oak and spices garnished with a hint of liquorish and cloves. A lively medium body concluding with a lingering, smooth finish. This one is still quite young and might not really be suited to merlot or pinot noir drinkers, but would inspire cabernet fans and also perhaps fans of shiraz.
Drinking? Now – 2022+
In late May we opened a bottle from Coonawarra producer Majella. The blend, known as “The Malleea” is a mixture of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon (for which the region is rightfully well renown for) and 45% Shiraz.
The wine had a fairly light bouquet a noticeable plum overtone, although to this there was some debate. The body was quite full, the initial tastings revealed oak, spices (perhaps a hint of cloves) and that plum overtone (debated again as to whether it was a plum overtone!?). In either case, it was a smooth drop, and not in the least bit tart or bland.
It was a very conservative wine, inoffensive and quite moderate in terms of balance and was well received by the Merlot drinkers in our regular social circle.
The Shiraz lovers were perhaps a little unimpressed at the lack of punch thrown by the 45% Shiraz, however given it’s relatively young age, it’s fair to say that this wine will easily develop into a more complex – and dare I say it? – bolder blend which we have come to know and respect from the Coonawarra region.
If you’re purchasing for a social event, or a group of mixed taste drinkers, this wine has the potential to please a wide range of palates, in particular the discerning and conservative.
RRP (AUD) $75/bottle