Wine Code Breaker #381

2019 Nocturne Cabernets, Margaret River, Western Australia

A nocturne has two meanings in relation to the arts.  On one hand, it can refer to a short musical composition that is romantic in nature and evocative of the night, typically for the piano.  The other references a picture of a night scene, romantic or otherwise.  There is a third reference that is gaining notoriety and this one brings pleasure to a third dimension of our senses.

The 2019 Nocturne Cabernets from the Margaret River district of Western Australia is a hauntingly beautifully coloured wine with its deep purples, reds and blacks. It is best poured with a Chopin nocturne rising and falling in the background. The nose against an artist’s night scene, real or imaginary, presents cassis, herbs, and spices that lovingly tease the senses. The palate is not to be rushed. Once tasted, it crescendos the berry fruits with trills of bay leaves, dark mint chocolate and freshly slivered fennel. The firm tannins and acid provide the structural elements for a long lingering and sensory pleasing finish as the last notes of Chopin drift away into the night sky.


Rating: 94 pts

Closure: Screwtop

Alc: 14%

Drink: Now; 3-7 yrs

Price: $32

Tasted: September 2021

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