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

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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.

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