2016 SHOTTESBROOKE “LANGHORNE CREEK” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Created from the Langhorne Creek AVA located inside the Fleurieu zone, which is also home to the McLaren Vale region. The area is well-known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and Shottesbrooke’s 2016 perfectly expresses the area’s rich terroir. The 2016 Cabernet is deeply aromatic, wildly complex and very approachable and at $19.99 offers extraordinary value.
Some of the most complex, hedonistic and individualist Cabernet Sauvignon for your dollar, can be found down under. The grape, which is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc has a long history in Australia dating back to the mid 1800’s. Luminaries Penfolds, Leeuwin and Cape Mentelle have helped to canonize Australian grown Cabernet as a serious contender on the world stage. Shottesbrooke’s 2016 reminded me how great these can be at our tasting, with classic and profound notes of eucalyptus, blue plums, juniper berry and baking spices. As the wine opened in my glass it became increasingly complex with layers of dark berries, sandalwood, black licorice. It wasn’t a big surprise to learn this beauty earned 95 Points from Australia’s leading wine critic and author James Halliday.