Ravens Croft Wines 2012 The Waagee

This wine has more oak than I’m used to in a Granite Belt wine but it’s well done and not unbalanced – the fruit can easily handle the oak. It’s a deeply coloured wine from the excellent 2012 vintage. Vibrant and reflective in the glass it still looks quite young. There is some vanillin oak on the nose but the bouquet is mainly driven by berry fruits. The wine spent 20 months in a combination of new and old oak.

The wine is a Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot. None of this is estate fruit, the Petit Verdot is from Duncan Ferrier’s vineyard. The palate is plush with black, blue and some red berry fruits, the cabernet sauvignon cassis is very evident, acid is still reasonably fresh and there is still quite a tannin drive – if you hold the wine in your mouth for awhile it will produce drying sensations. Certainly a wine to put down for a long sleep, really enjoyable now but my palate says come back in 5 years or so. This is a big wine, I opened it in Brisbane during the evening, the daytime temperature had reached 35°. The wine would be far better suited to mid-winter hearty meals. Another great wine from Mark, a little unusual for The Granite Belt in it’s big style but obviously helped by the more powerful fruit weight of the 2012 vintage.

Tasted: Saturday 16th November, 2019 without food and then with over several hours.  Re-tasted the next day after breathing in refrigerated bottle overnight.
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $50
Suggested Drinking Window: Now to 2030

Posted by Peter Pacey

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