These two wines represent a new venture for the enormously successful producers of Australia’s Yellow Tail. They are the first super premium wines brought to market late last year by Casella. The grapes are sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia handpicked by John Casella, managing director of Casella Wines.
The 1919 on the label represents the Casella family and their journey to Australia; 1919 was the year of John Casella’s grandfather’s return from WWI. 1919 is also the year when the Farm where the current Casella winery is located was first founded.
Both wines are very good, indeed. They are similar in style and are typical of the high end juicy big extracted luxury wines that have come out of Australia over the years. The pleasant surprise is that alcohol levels in these wines have been kept in check.
Casella 2006 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia ($100) 92 This Cabernet Sauvignon is an Australian prototype of a big shouldered fruit rich wine. It is big, fresh and juicy with rich aromas and flavors of pure cassis and hints of smoke and tar. It reveals a soft rich texture on the palate with firm round tannins, good acidity and a long finish. It is a delicious wine that can be enjoyed over the next eight to ten years. 1,148 Cases Produced
Casella 2006 1919 Shiraz South Australia ($100) 92+ Like the Cabernet Sauvignon, this Shiraz is a dense and richly flavored wine with a heavy dose of oak on the nose. It is pure tasting and lush on the palate and similar in style to the Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of smokey, spicy flavors. It is beautifully balanced and structured on the palate with firm tannins and a long finish. This wine should provide drinking pleasure for eight to ten years. 324 Cases Produced.
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