The last time I had this wine I was thoroughly disappointed. The wine had a nasty bitter after taste. So much so that I returned all unopened bottles. I got given this one so I thought I would try it again. It is MUCH better. The wine is a lot more balanced with some firm tannins, a medium finish and reasonably round flavors. I have to admit it, I love cabs. 16% of my cellar is filled by cabs. They age well and I love the flavors and complexities. This one however is by no means a great cab. Not horrible, but not great. If I were rating this I would give it a 87-88, far cry from the 90+ Jay Miller gave it.
From the LCBO Web site:
D’ARENBERG THE HIGH TRELLIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006 McLaren Vale South Australia TASTING NOTE: The 2006 The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon includes 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot in the blend. The nose offers up cassis and violets along with pepper and earth notes. On the palate black fruits dominate the nicely concentrated flavors. There is enough structure for 2-3 years of additional bottle age. It will be at its best from 2010 to 2017. Score – 90+. (Jay Miller www.erobertparker.com Aug. 2008) 943456 $19.95 Featured 2/14/2009
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Here’s what Wine current had to say:
DArenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 McLaren Vale South Australia
This particular vineyard has been in production since the late 19th century. It got its name from the fact that these were the first vines to be trained vertically above knee-height. With touches (5% each) of Petit Verdot and Merlot in the blend there are complex notes of tar tobacco mint pepper floral and a healthy helping of black fruit. Dry and medium to full bodied theres great acidity alongside velvety tannins and 14.5% alcohol. (LG) (0943456) $19.95 Rating 4/5.