Full and Rich McLaren Vale
Hopcroft & Cornock McLaren Vale Cabernet Merlot 2014
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Many of the big show awards for McLaren Vale reds over the last decade, such as the Jimmy Watson, have been for Cabernets. These wines display a maritime influence which the Barossa wines do not have and this after all is to be expected. I would not use the word elegant but it does poke through in the wines as after all the region is south of Margaret River, though the physical setting makes it warmer.
Thus I see this Hopcroft and Cornock offering a taste that straddles the warm and cool climate style of Cabernet and will be a welcome addition to your drinking. The wine is named after the first two McLaren Vale settlers to plant vines in 1840 and while this region has had a few highpoints it is the modern era that has understood the beauty of the reds.