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Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 & Calabria Aglianico 2010

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Katnook Estate Cabernet
Sauvignon 2010

We don't see much of Aglianico here in Australia. This wine was introduced from Greece to Southern Italy a thousand or so years ago where it remains a very popular drop.

Whatever the reason may be, Aglianico has never really gained a foothold in any part of the including other regions of Italy. There are around a dozen Australian growers are having some success in refining and bottling it here and it is catching on. People are enjoying its full-flavour.

One of those growers is Bill Calabria from the Riverina in NSW has recently released his Calabria Aglianico 2010 with its bright cherry colour, pleasant taste and black cherry and ripe plum fruit aromas and smoke notes and savoury coffee flavour on the palate.

This is an elegant and classy drop and can be enjoyed with rich light meat dishes including pork belly or roast duck. Or, to stick to the Italian theme, with Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, literally "Prostitutes Spaghetti" because the Napoli working girls could easily prepare it between clients. The spaghetti sauce is comprised of tomatoes, capers, olive oil, garlic, anchovies and dill. It costs $14.99.
A Glass For Lunch:

The Katnook Estate's Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the great 2010 vintage, a wine often described as amongst the region's best-ever, being grown in a region with near to ideal weather conditions that included above average temperatures and below average rainfall.

This is a great buy at $40 with its wonderfully intense mulberry and blackberry aromas, beautifully intense blackberry and mulberry aromas, bounteous pure-fruit flavours and underlying mocha notes and finely grained tannins. It has been described by Langton's Wine Auction as an "an outstanding Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with excellent fruit definition and tannin maturity.

Enjoy this one with slow-baked beef ribs covered in a peppercorn a fresh mushroom or sauce.

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