2006 Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $16)

SKU #1062080

IT'S BACK ! We sold over 2,000 bottles of this wine in less than 2 months last November. Founded in 1861, Tintara is one of the pioneers in the McLaren Vale wine community. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers a bouquet of black currant, blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, earth and a hint of anise. The wine gained additional complexity from 17 months in predominantly French oak barrels giving a subtle toffee note. On the palate, there are soft silky tannins and good acidity that lead to a fine long finish. This may be hands down, one of the best Aussie values of the year, so grab a case for your summertime parties this year. (Jim Chanteloup, Australian wine buyer)

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By: Joyce Beattie | Review Date: 1/11/2012
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Harsh, lots of sediment.
A disappointment

By: Joe Doniach | Review Date: 8/22/2011
Very pleasant wine indeed. For $8 it's a really great deal.

By: Jeff Phillips | Review Date: 7/6/2011
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Simple. Straightforward. A bit thin on the mid palate and very cherry. Easy drinking. For $8 you can't complain. At this price, I'm likely to buy more.
Drink to 2013

By: Denise Eliot | Review Date: 12/10/2010
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Not bad for the price, but rather thin compared to the description.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14