We had some aged cheddar on the weekend and it actually mentioned on the back label that it would match well with Cab Sauv.
Our family friends brought over this Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz blend from Tahbilk Winery and I thought it was a match made in wine & cheese heaven.
Tahbilk’s 2017 Ambassador Cabernet Shiraz is $43 at the cellar door and is drinking well now, however I reckon a bit more age on it would be fantastic. The winemaker (Alister Purbrick, 4th Generation Winemaker and CEO) recommends keeping it up until 2027-2029.
- Region: Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Shiraz (45%)
- Oak: French and American oak
Fun Fact about Tahbilk Winery
Since 2012 Tahbilk Winery has been certified as ‘Carbon Neutral’. This means that through a transparent process of measuring emissions, reducing those emissions and offsetting residual emissions, their net calculated carbon emissions equal zero.
My Tasting Note
It’s a gorgeous deep ruby colour in the glass. I love how it’s super aromatic, there are just so many scents that rise from the glass. Think savoury blackberries, perfumed cassis and vanillin oak to name a few. In the mouth it’s big and bold with that Shiraz spice overlying Cab Sauv fruit flavours. Definitely one to throw in the decanter or aerate if drinking anytime soon.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!