Sorby Adams 2008 "The Reverend Canon" Cabernet shiraz

The Canon is now a Cabernet Shiraz blend (previously was a shiraz viognier). It’s pays homage to the great Australian red, a blend that Simon cut his teeth on during his time at Yalumba and one that is rightly famous throughout the world. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are the best of mates, perfectly suited to each other and Sorby Adams were delighted with their first release. I'm sure you will be too.

Medium brick/red in the glass with rich, complex aromas spilling out of the glass. It really is the best of both worlds with the smells of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz meshing perfectly. Blackberry, cassis, plum and dark cherry are ably supported by hints of baking spice, licorice, chocolate, espresso and lighter notes of forest floor and subtle, creamy oak.

Medium to full-bodied in the mouth with abundant texture and rich flavours across the palate. Again blackberry, black plum and cassis lead the charge with lighter notes of blackcurrant and mulberry. Hints of dark chocolate, purple flowers, dried mandarin peel, licorice, baking spice and creamy oak add to a most complex wine.

Silky and supple across its length with bright, minerally Eden Valley acidity; a beautiful curtain of ripe, fine chalky tannin sheathes the wine as it drives along to a lingering finish that is abundant in fruit and spice. While approachable now it will repay careful cellaring over 8-12 years and would be just perfect with roast game, hearty pasta dishes and aged cheese. Alcohol 14%.

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