an amazing larry cherubino wine under hidden label

October 17, 2010  |  wine review

The acclaimed winemaker, Larry Cherubino, has been making fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River and Frankland River in recent years. Since he escaped the big corporates (where he was winemaker for Houghton’s and Hardy’s Tintara), Larry has offered the market premium wines under three brands – Ad Hoc, The Yard and Cherubino. The Cherubino Cabernet from Margaret River retails from cellar door for $75 and The Yard Cabernet from Frankland River sells for $35,

Imagine my surprise to crack the code at Kemeny’s on a hidden label wine that turns out to be The Yard Cabernet (although they describe it as “Margaret River”)……and even better that the price point is $16 per bottle in a dozen lot. This wine is the Kemeny’s Hidden Label Margaret River Cabernet 2009. I am increasingly impressed with Margaret and Frankland River Cabernet. Despite being a Cabernet grower at Coonawarra, I would have to say that Coonawarra is in danger of losing it’s status as Australia’s premium Cabernet region.

Here are my tasting notes for this wine:

It is bright clear in condition – dark crimson with purple tinges. On the nose, the wine screams green capsicum and herbaceous fruit with overtones of blackcurrants. It is lean and attractive on the front palate showing some complex berry fruits, cedar and cassis. This wine develops in the glass and has a wonderful acid, tannin balance, with finesse and a lingering back palate. It is an outstanding and accessible wine which will cellar beautifully if you can keep your hands off it. I scored it 93/100. It has 14% alcohol by volume. Get some before it runs out!!

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