Rosemount Traditional Cabernet Merlot 1997
The aroma is densely packed with ripe cassis-like fruit characters, underlaid by complex secondary notes of black olive and smokey hints of toasty American oak. The palate is ripe but characteristically firm showing the generous tannin structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety which dominates this blend. The long, rich finish is layered and complex, with the richness of primary fruit beginning to yield to the hints of wood-smoke and chocolate which characterise maturity and will develop further with time in bottle.
About the Region
South of Adelaide, in an important agricultural area with a Mediterranean climate, McLaren Vale is famous most of all for its shiraz, intense, dark, and ripe, though sometimes more elegant than its Barossa counterparts. Cabernet sauvignon, grenache, and chardonnay, among other grapes, also do well in the region, and there is promising sangiovese produced here as well.