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Catching Thieves Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This gem delivers lashings of mulberry and blackcurrant flavours with a long satisfying finish. At a fraction of the fancy Margaret River reds, Catching Thieves is a steal!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Youthful crimson red.

Nose: Vibrant blackberry and blueberry with chocolate oak adding further aromatic complexity.

Palate: A medium- bodied, food-friendly style filled with mulberry and red currant flavours. The palate had a great balance of fine tannins and juicy acidity combining to give persistence and length.

Food: Beef ribs and shiitake mushroom casserole.

expert reviews about

Catching Thieves Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
A quintessential cabernet merlot blend. Tonnes of deep lush back fruits wash over the palate. Some slightly toasty oak and ripe supple tannins play a neat supporting role. Excellent wine for drinking over the short term
The West Australian Wine Guide
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
A nice medium bodied easy drinking style. Plenty of red currant and mint with deeper flavours of plums and ripe currants. The oak is slightly sinewy and adds to the texture on the palate. Firmish tannins with sound structure for the short term
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This comes in both a normal glass bottle and a softer, (considerably) lighter plastic bottle. We worry that wines bottled in plastic will start to taste of it, but we're told that they are good for twelve months or so after bottling. Walsh particularly admires the red high-heels and silver handcuffs depicted on the label. Mattinson preferred not to share his opinion of it. The wine itself isn't quite up to the stellar 2007 release, but it's still pretty bloody good. Curranty, dusty, highlighted by notes of bay leaf and cranberry - slightly peppery even. Lovely with lamb.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very good colour and clarity; a supple, medium-bodied palate is primarily driven by blackcurrant and cassis fruit, but there is an appropriate background of tannins and a touch of oak.Value plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's not really one for the cellar, but it's immensely drinkable - no wonder this newish label is flying off the shelves. Nab yourself some. Drinks beautifully from start to finish and offers sophistication at every turn. It tastes of typical regional gum leaves and dark chocolate (Walsh reckons he can even smell black tea) and, while it's only medium-bodied, it's perfectly ripe, curranty, juicy and persistent. Charm personified.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied mix of red and black fruits supported by tannins which are a little assertive. Gold medal, Melbourne Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fruit-forward flavours ranging through cherry, raspberry, cassis and blackcurrant; minimal tannins and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008

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