Stoney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 from Coal Valley in Tasmania
I worked in the cellars at Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard back in 2006 and have been completely smitten by Tasmanian Cabernet ever since. While mainland Australia makes great Cabernet in the "big red" style, they lack for me the hallmark signature of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is its nip of savouriness in the fruit but, above all, Cabernet's fresh and crunchy tannin structure that travels for miles across the palate and lasts for decades in the cellar. The 2016 Stoney Cabernet is a majestic introduction to the greatness of Tasmanian Cabernet. Drink now to 2030.