NEW! Magpie Estate 'Good Luck Club' Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia 2017

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NEW! Magpie Estate 'Good Luck Club' Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia 2017

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When the final whistle blows on 2019, we have a feeling that this will be our man of the match. It is a silver-tongued temptress of a wine and one of the best value reds we have tasted in years! We’re not even qualifying that sentence with ‘from Australia’, because we genuinely think it competes on the world stage. While we don’t want to come across as too self-congratulatory (finding these kind of wines is, after all, our raison d'être), we will admit that there has been a little back-slapping and chest-pumping going on behind the scenes.

Although better known for Shiraz, the Barossa Valley provides ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon too, coaxing out its more hedonistic side, and some winemakers (David Franz and Ben Glaetzer to name but two that we have spoken to), think that Cabernet should share the spotlight that Shiraz has been so rudely hogging for decades.

The quality in this wine comes first and foremost from the fruit, which is sourced from 28 year-old vines in a block of vineyards purchased by Magpie Estate in 2016 in the highly-prized district of Ebenezer, and then brilliantly handled by renowned winemaker Rolf Binder. Once fermented, the wine spends 24 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels, which is a luxurious treatment, but one that is closely managed so as never to overshadow the gleaming, vibrant nature of the fruit. We would suggest that these credentials belong to a wine at a higher price than £14.95. In fact, we wouldn’t hesitate in pitching it against a £20 to £25 New World Cabernet. Add to that the fact that it just been awarded 96 points and scooped Gold Medal in the International Wine and Spirit Competition and it quickly becomes apparent where the smart money should be going! We have 40 cases to be enjoyed and we can’t wait for you to try it. And why do we think it’s called the ‘Good Luck Club’ Cabernet Sauvignon? Because good luck finding a better value wine anywhere!

It’s impossible to tell if a red wine is going to taste good from the colour alone, but you can tell if it’s going to taste ugly. A hint of bluish purple on the rim is a sure sign that it will taste scratchy and raw and wines that have a dull cast to them will have had the lifeblood sucked out of them by some meddlesome industrial process or another. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a gleaming, inky crimson colour, testament to the pure and natural concentration of its fruit. Although it’s a young wine, it already feels ‘broken in’, like a new leather jacket that you’ve worn for a couple of weeks. There’s none of that laminated new sofa or squeaky ‘new car’ feeling that you find in many young wines.

It has a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon nose with plenty of ‘wow’ factor. It’s a wine that lights up the room. Deep and luxurious with so much mouth-watering ripeness and succulence that you develop a craving for more while you are still drinking it. As with any great Australian red, there's a sweet spot in the middle, where the combination of intense tangy fruit and sweet sensual spices from the oak creates a dynamic momentum at the heart of the wine. In the mouth it tastes serious, sweetly delicious, but not a fruit-bomb, and beautifully focused and polished with seductive layers of blackcurrant fruit laced with vanilla, sweet wood spices and a hint of dark chocolate. The tannins are like silk-and-linen sheets. It is perfectly ready and devilishly easy to drink now, but will also keep for another five years at least, for those who prefer a bit more development in their red wine. Unmissable! 14% alc. Drink now-2029.


International Wine and Spirit Competition: “This has an inviting, beautifully rich nose, with five-spice, saddle leather and liquorice, as well as nuances of ripe dark fruit and sweet wood spices. It is made in a big and bold style, with concentrated fruit and a generous use of fine oak. This is an excellent wine, with a balance between very pronounced and powerful elements, creating a long-lasting finish.” 96 points and Gold Medal

Customer Comments:

That cab is not 'man of the match' more like 'player of the season' and so beautifully balanced ! I will be ordering more very soon!” - Mr. B.F.

“The wine is delicious. May I order six more bottles please?” - Mr. I.W.

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