Saturday, March 12, 2016

2011 Yerring Station Diamond Valley Regional Collection Cabernet Merlot

Diamond Valley Cabernet Merlot 2011 ($22.99 per bottle)

Diamond Valley, best known for their Blue and White Label wines released on an annual cycle. We thus never know how this Regional collection comes about; probably after the owner of Yering Station, the Rathbone family bought over the Diamond Valley brand from the Lance family in Jan 2005?

This Australian Bordeaux blend has powerful flavor profiles with intense structure, deep tannins and ripe berry flavors. In other words, its high acidity and full-bodied are difficult, and best paired with red meat and spicy fare that can stand up to its strong tannins.

So having done 2 bottles of these Australia Bordeaux style blends, and not enjoying them; what am i to do with 3 more bottles to go? They are definitely suitable for aging and will benefit from some time decanting to allow them to 'open up'. We shall not waste them now.

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