Chateau Tanunda 2016 “Noble Baron” Cabernet Sauvignon

  • $23.25 each at or $49.99 at Dan Murphy (exact vintage unknown)

When you open a cab sav from the Barossa Valley you expect it to be certain things: bold, heavy and deep. This wine is no exception, it’s six years in the bottle clearly evident with plenty of life remaining.

In the glass it presents a deep plum and ruby colour. On the palate it is a big South Australian red, relatively dry and brimming with dark berry flavours. The finish is smooth, leaving a pleasant aftertaste and mouthfeel.

Noble by name, noble by label design.

Chateau Tanunda has been churning out wines in the Barossa for 130 years and it is easy to see why. This is a quality product at a reasonable price. It is everything you expect it to be but pleasant enough that it doesn’t disappoint by merely meeting expectations.

Some might consider it a “Barossa cab sav by the numbers” and to an extent it is. It paired beautifully with a roast lamb and roast vegetables but is smooth enough to be enjoyed as a stand-alone glass.

With good balance and complexity, excellent body and many years of cellar life left, there’s plenty to like about this wine.