Australia?s?reputation may ride on?Shiraz?s?back, but the trophy case for?Cabernet Sauvignon?is just as packed. It?s one of the country?s most planted varieties, grown from some of the world?s oldest producing vines. This powerful, ageworthy grape thrives in maritime-influenced, dry, moderate climates and it seems to soak up Australia?s various unique terroirs.
This is the personal project of Phil Steinschriber, winemaker at Diamond Creek Vineyards. He moves south to a cooler mountain atmosphere to craft a classically styled big red, dusty in tannin and flourishes of dried sage and cedar. Red plum and currant counterbalance in restrained fruit.?VIRGINIE BOONE