Tasting the 2012 Cabernet from barrel in March 2012 (just after being ‘put to wood’). Cabernet typically looks pretty hairy at this stage, lots of coarse tannin and not altogether harmonious, then over time they tend to ‘open-out’ in barrel. The tannins begins to break back and become finer and the wine seems to become more dense in fruit flavour.
The wine at this point had a strange character somewhere between fennel and celery (which subsequently subsided). I used to associate this character with fruit from Robe and Mt Benson more readily. Odd to see it in a darker fruited wine like this. 

Tasting the 2012 Cabernet from barrel in March 2012 (just after being ‘put to wood’). Cabernet typically looks pretty hairy at this stage, lots of coarse tannin and not altogether harmonious, then over time they tend to ‘open-out’ in barrel. The tannins begins to break back and become finer and the wine seems to become more dense in fruit flavour.

The wine at this point had a strange character somewhere between fennel and celery (which subsequently subsided). I used to associate this character with fruit from Robe and Mt Benson more readily. Odd to see it in a darker fruited wine like this. 

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