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Browns of Padthaway Myra Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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It’s the soil that counts, that’s what they say in the Limestone Coast where the unique terra rossa soil imparts real character into the red wines, particularly Cabernet. The Myra is a Cabernet of real stature that desires to be served with the best cut of lamb. This wine has a powerful intensity with violets, spice and blueberry while extended time on oak has imparted some vanillin oak character. It’s beautifully balanced and long with fruit power and firm tannins that ensure it will last for the long haul.

Winemaker's Notes

South Australia’s Limestone Coast is justifiably famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Our soils and climate, while somewhat different to Cabernet’s home in and around the important and graceful French coastal city of Bordeaux, offer the vintage conditions, which suit this late-ripening classic variety.

While warmer parts of the state make Cabernet with attractive richness - and a certain massive style - these wines can lack genuine ‘Cabernet’ character. However, in cooler climes it is almost impossible to make anything BUT distinctive Cabernet, and that is certainly our aim. Myra shows what Padthaway can do! She is mid red in colour, and has what we all expect: a classic Cabernet nose of what the Frogs call cassis (blackcurrant; some know it as Ribena...) and plums, with hints of mint and eucalypt... plus slightly sweeter notes of violets and roast tomato.

The early palate is gentle, before the varietal Cabernet fruit gets into the picture, and suddenly it oozes plum, cassis and soy, before subtle oak and dry tannins provide admirable length and persistence. A few more years in bottle will be good; we suggest that you drink the ’12 until approximately 2021 – preferably with a classic French provincial dish such as Pot au feu or Cassoulet. Or do what boat-loads of Bordeaux have done for years: cross the Channel - and enjoy it with roast beef and horseradish. The Yorkshire pudding is optional...

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Browns of Padthaway Myra Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Attractive and generous blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, with plum tannins and good oak; surprise packet, ready now but will hold.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A complex and very concentrated/savoury wine, but does not go over the top.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red, with just a touch of purple; sweet, earthy berry fruit is supported by some vanilla oak on the bouquet of medium intensity. The palate has good concentration of sweet chocolatey berry fruit, finishing with fine but persistent tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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