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Vinaceous Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon

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Roll up Roll up, there’s something of a circus theme behind the Vinaceous label as depicted by the colourful bottle labels. The Cabernet is called ‘The Raconteur’ because, as the most-noble grape of all, it has a fascinating story to tell. Dark to the eye this impenetrable wine shows varietal notes of dark berries and cassis. On the palate it’s ripe with a tannin structure that goes on and on ensuring it would go well with barbecued meats.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2013 Raconteur is sourced from mature vines located in Willyabrup, Margaret River; these old vines are hand harvested and made using traditional techniques by Vinaceous winemakers.

The wine is matured in oak and selected by Vinaceous Winemakers Mike Kerrigan and Nick Stacy for finishing, fining, blending and bottling by Vinaceous. The Raconteur typifies classic Margaret River cabernet; lush, rich and deep purple in colour with bright hues, the aroma leaps from the glass with violets and black berry and mocha notes. Not unlike a Rorschach Image, people will see different flavours across the palate; some will find ripe fleshy black currants and cassis, others will find crunchy sour cherries; but both complement the overall palate with intensity, weight, structure and texture. Along with lip-smacking tannins and fine oak nuances, the 2013 Raconteur can easily be enjoyed on immediate opening or be cellared for up to 10 years and is absolutely a must with roast lamb, char-grilled rib-eye and/or array of cheeses; whatever your choice, the Raconteur will always entertain and command attention!

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Vinaceous Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
The highlight of Vinaceous' current releases, a value-for-money Margaret River cabernet of fragrant violet lift, blackcurrant depth and fine, firm tannins that sustain a long finish of supple fruit presence. It's approachable and well made.
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A distinctive nose of blackcurrant fruit pastille, a little leafy edge, violets and hints of dusty earth. The palate s supple, balanced and made to drink now, with more of the cassis and dark berries supported by juicy fruit tannin. Bright finish.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A truly weird interstate collaboration by Elena Brooks (Dandelion Wines) in SA who sourced and made the wine and Mike Kerrigan (West Cape Howe) in Mount Barker who put the final touches on. A lot of logistical effort for 800 dozen bottles at $25 each, but remember gift horses, and the wine does have attractive cassis-accented cabernet fruit; good structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A showman's package with red-cloaked raconteur taking centre stage. Inside you'll discover dark berries and mocha-scented oak sitting across the top. Open, straight-shooting and, dare I say, charming sweet tannin finish
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour; a hint of mint frames the red and black fruits; clean and quite firm on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009

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