I remember clearly one of my early wine instructors waxed about how much lighter the wines of the Margaret River in Western Australia were in comparison to those of McLaren Vale and Barossa. But he was also the guy that said any wine goes with turkey on the assumption that the diners were pickled by the time the turkey arrived! Oh the dangers of generalizations!
Well no harm in giving an Ebony Cabernet Shiraz from Deep Woods Estate on the Margaret River a try.
The wine has a black cherry colour and is just about purple. The nose suggests a big wine with a heavy hitting aroma of blackberry and blueberry leading the way. Subsidiary aromas of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. On the palate the tannins are minimal and there is a deft hit of chocolate covered cherries on the finish. The palate is full of cassis and blueberry pie with a mid length finish. At 5.95 grams of residual sugar per litre there is a tad of sweetness to the wine.
Drink by the end of 2022 and it would suit lamb and beef quite well or Eggplant Parmesan.
Is it lighter than a McLaren Vale or Barossa red wine? I would say yes despite the fact its nose suggests a heavy hitter wine. However one wine does not deserve such a generalization. So we’ll keep an eye peeled for some more Margaret River wines. It is well made with a deft use of oak.
By the way I would not suggest this wine with your turkey!
(Deep Woods Margaret River Ebony 2017 Cabernet Shiraz, Deep Woods Estate, Yallingup, Western Australia, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 18839, 14,5%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).