Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasmanian winemakers refer to Domaine A as the only true chateau of the island state, and its the sheer Bordeaux-like longevity of this remarkable cabernet blend that confirms it. Even the earliest vintages of this label from the early 1990s are still but half way through their life. The 2006 has a similar future before it, powerfully structured with a wall of firm, finely structured tannins that scream out for a very long time to soften and integrate. Even at eight years of age on release, it’s only slowly developing secondary roast capsicum and toasty notes amidst its powerful, meaty, savoury nuances of tomato leaf, tobacco, berry fruits and game. It holds its balance in the midst of its tannin onslaught, with lively Tasmanian acidity keeping things fresh. For the record, 90% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot and 2% petit verdot, built for the long-haul with 30 months of maturation in 100% new French oak barrels. $99 at Trio Wine.