O'Leary Walker Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

In a nice nod to sub-regionality, the back label identifies this wine’s fruit as having been sourced from Armagh and Polish Hill River. Work was a slog today, so much so that I just had to swing by the local Dan’s Choice and pick up a bottle of something I haven’t tried before. Usually, my wine purchases are a lot more deliberate. The obsessive side of my personality, if I can be so euphemistic as to call my defining characteristic a “side,” usually demands my choice of beverage be the result of some consideration. But I just grabbed this at the shop without much thought. And here we are.

I guess I should rely on chance more often. This is a really honest wine, well-made and flavoursome. Swirly, rather high toned aromas of spice and mint encircle dust and moderately well-defined Cabernet fruit. We’re a long way from Coonawarra or Bordeaux with this wine, but that’s alright because it’s a comfortable, even slightly plush place. The aroma profile seems warmer, somehow, cuddlier than more restrained Cabernet styles, even as it challenges with a bit of savoury tar, cooked meat and slightly sharp oak.

2 thoughts on “O'Leary Walker Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

  1. Its been awhile since I ventured here. 2004 Cab Sav and Shiraz, 2007 Polish and Watervale reisling in point of fact. All very, very good wines and I agree with Andrew that they deserve more attention, but that begs the question why I haven’t parted with a $20 note to catch up with them. Good reason to do so now I guess. Cheers.

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