Monday 11 July 2016

Taltarni Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot - Victoria

A TRADITIONAL "Bordeaux blend" of Cabernet,
Merlot and Petit Verdot for big-hearted wintertime
dining such as Steak Entrecote Marchand de Vin.


David Ellis

A NICE big-hearted drop to enjoy this time of year with equally big-hearted wintertime dining, is Taltarni's classic "Bordeaux Blend" that brings together Cabernet, Merlot and a splash of Petit Verdot.

Sourced entirely from Victoria's Pyrenees, the 52% Cabernet Sauvignon gives this one beautiful dark-berry fruit flavours, the 42% Merlot plum and cocoa, just 6% Petit Verdot balances acidity, and there are lovely tannins… making for an overall judiciously full-bodied food wine that can be bought and enjoyed now, or popped away to develop for even greater pleasure a few more years down the track.

And it's one to also think about decanting before serving, giving it a chance to open-up and show itself off to best advantage upon pouring; just 15 or 20 minutes for the currently available 2014 vintage would be fine as it's a still quite young drop.

Great buying at just $26. And as this is a classic French blend, think France again and put it on a winter's table with an equally classic French pan-fried Steak Entrecote Marchand de Vin (ribeye with a sauce of red wine and shallots.)

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