Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

Like a tightly-coiled spring ready to slowly unravel, this is a cabernet blend crafted for the long-haul. Closed up tight, it presents an intricately honed structure of fruit and oak tannins colliding to produce a refined, graphite-like texture which builds on the finish. Crunchy blackcurrant fruits hover amidst tangy acidity of long-lingering intensity. $39 at North Sydney Cellars.