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Zilzie Regional Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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Juicy, glugable and affordable pretty much sums up this wine, but we are still going to waffle on about smells and flavours. There's bucket loads of ripe, dark blackberries and vanilla on the nose, whilst the palate pastes of minted plums, licks of toastiness, subtle tannins, and a dry, soft finish. Flip some burgers and crack a bottle open with your mates.

Winemaker's Notes

Australia's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon heralds from the terra rossa soil and maritime climate of the Coonawarra. Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from selected Coonawarra vineyards with each vineyard parcel being fermented and managed separately. The wines were fermented in static and rotary fermenters to achieve good colour and varietal fruit expression. At the completion of fermentation, each batch was drained and pressed before transferring to French oak barriques for 12 months maturation before being blended and bottled.

Appearance: Deep brick red.

Nose: Plum and blackcurrant fruit.

Palate: Blackcurrant and red cherry with a savoury touch and toasty oak.

Food: Lamb cutlets with roasted vegetables.

expert reviews about

Zilzie Regional Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine - Cabernet Challenge 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
Zilzie has upped the ante for a Murray-Darling producer by releasing this cabernet that has been sourced from Coonawarra. Best of all, they've kept the price under $15. The 2008 Zilzie 'Regional Collection' is light- to medium-bodied, clean and fresh with ripe, sweet redcurrant and plum flavours. It's a tad oaky yet still approachable
Quaff 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
There's an attractive fragrance to the wine, soft, red cherry flavours, succulence in the mid-palate with a balanced finish that pleases.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A sturdy cabernet that rises above its theoretical station in life, with ample varietal character and structure
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Nice choc mint nose and very sweet and chocolaty palate with mouth-coating tannins. Old-fashioned style.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's just a sure bet. Oh, OK, it's not one for the wine cognoscenti, because all it offers is sweet, soft, blackberry jam-flavoured red-wine drinking - there's nothing complex or challenging here. But it's flavoursome enough and has no sign of any rough edges. The score may not be high, but this is soft-hearted and very easy to drink - and we dare say that you'll pick it up for a song.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
85
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
A Murray-Darling favourite that has ripe, dark cherry flavours, smooth texture, and a firm, grippy finish.
Quaff 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Abundant red and blackcurrant fruit in a fresh, light to medium-bodied mode; ready to go, but has length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88
Ken Gargett (2003 Vintage) says
The Zilzies have been marching onwards and upwards in the past few years and the big guys would be smart to be looking nervously over their shoulders. The Zilzie brand is not run by a bunch of Zilzies but indeed by a family of ForbesÑas opposed to a family of four. If you have a family of four and two of them are too young to drink, then this is your dream Sunday arvo red. Yum.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2005 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium to full-bodied; well-balanced black fruits and integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
Like the other Zilzie reds we tried for this year's edition, the rather heavy oak and firmness obscure the obviously good ripe fruit flavours. May soften with a few months in the bottle.
Quaff 2004 2003

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