I always think of pinot noir first, when it comes to Yarra Valley reds. But this latest release from Mandala demonstrates the elegance and refinement of Yarra cabernet, when sourced from warmer sites such as Dixons Creek, where Mandala is based.
There’s typical leafy and cassis aromatics, but it’s the earthy and savoury characters that really define this wine.
The complex bouquet is rounded out with some perfumey notes and spicy French oak.
On the palate it is medium-bodied with lovely fruit intensity and freshness. In support are tannins that are supple, but certainly persistent.
It’s a lovely drinking wine right now, with all the structure to support medium-term cellaring.