2006 d'Arenberg "Coppermine Road" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $50+)

SKU #1115649 94 points James Halliday

 Full-bodied, rich, gutsy wine overflowing with blackcurrant fruit, cassis and tannins; good oak sustains the long finish  (7/ 2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The saturated purple 2006 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, vanilla, cinnamon, black cherry, and black currant. Impressively structured and well-balanced, this dense Cabernet demands 6-8 years of cellaring after which it will drink beautifully from 2016 to 2036. 93+ points.  (2/ 2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Powerful cassis and blueberry aromas are complicated by lavender and pungent herbs. Fleshy, palate-staining dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity. Gentle tannins add grip but don't get in the way of the lush, creamy fruit. Very impressive cabernet, with the sweetness to drink on the young side but the depth and balance to reward patience.  (9/ 2008)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very true to the variety, with ample servings of cedar, tobacco and cassis, plenty of weight and a firm structure that bodes well for aging.  (7/ 2009)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2014  | Send Email
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Very serious, powerful Cabernet. Black and blue fruit, iron notes, textural tannin and no lack of concentration. This is a rich, structured wine but the edges have softened beautifully with time in bottle. Layers of dark fruit, spice and cocoa coat the palate as the more lifted blue berries and spice elevate the finish. Some hints of development in the way of sweet leather and tobacco creep in, but the wine is largely still in the primary phase of its long life. Compelling stuff from d'Arenberg.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/10/2014  | Send Email
This is a steal for one of the icon wines from the d'Arenberg portfolio and represents the Cabernet sibling to the "Dead Arm" Shiraz. The fruit is sourced from their top Cabernet vineyard that was planted with an old and nearly extinct clone of Cabernet noted for retaining its acidity, ripening later for more flavor concentration and yields, and yielding less than a ton per acre. The bouquet shows black cherry, truffle, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, violets, cassis, earth and a hint of Earl Grey tea. On the palate, there are fine grained tannins that are moving towards secondary development character becoming more supple as they resolve. There is good acidity and freshness in this wine with good balance and structure that leads to a fine, complex finish.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale