SAVOURY AND ELEGANT
CHIEF WINEMAKER AT MCWILLIAM’S WINES, JIM CHATTO, HAS PRODUCED A NEW RANGE OF WINES SIMPLY TITLED MCW, WHICH FOCUS ON ELEGANCE AND INTENSITY
Not sure if it’s the cool climate fruit or whether it’s clever blending but there aren’t those normal green characters that you associate with cabernet here, and I’m thinking that it’s blending, as there’s nothing in there that’s offensive and it is certainly quaffable. Blackberry, bay leaf, some sweet raspberry and chocolate with some dry dusty herb notes. Plenty of crowd pleasing factor here, it’s a mid-weight easy drinker. Some soft ripe fruits, plum and red cherry, creamy milky vanilla notes from the oak work, with some light spice at the back end where the tannins finally show. Will hold some bottle age too, 5 or 6 years, would be interesting to look at after a year or so. It’s both savoury and spicy at the same time, more depth and structure than expected, and super gluggable. Bright red cherry, dry savoury herbs and spicy oak, smoky and earthy, tannin structure is well balanced for its medium bodied style.