After attending Wild Rice’s excellent production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, we headed down to Hobart’s City Hall to listen to Haitian-American composer and violinist DBR, Elan Vytal aka Dj Scientific, and the queen of Haitian song, Emeline Michel. Our friend James couldn’t believe his luck when the bar at the venue was selling Domaine A’s Stoney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 for $35 a bottle. The wine is actually a classic Bordeaux blend with 4% cabernet franc, 4% merlot and 2% petit verdot. It is a deliciously aromatic, finely structured wine with a wonderfully long finish. Yet another great example of how Tasmania is excelling at making cool-climate, elegant European-style reds!
Domaine A has established a very strong reputation for its Bordeaux blends. James Halliday described the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 as by far the best [cabernet sauvignon] in Tasmania, and here’s the Decanter’s Andrew Jefford’s reaction to an earlier vintage of the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon:
This wine gave me the shock of my tasting-note life on May 12th 2005, when Andrew Caillard brought 114 wines from the Langtons Classification pool over to the UK and served them blind. This was my pick of the Cabernets and Cabernet blends (I gave it half a point more than Cullens Cab-Merlot), yet it was so different to the rest of its peers.
As the Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown explained, since Domaine A’s Swiss born Peter Althaus first started making wine in Tasmania in 1990, he has produced “cabernet blends as though they were French classified growths.”(Wine Advocate # 189 June 2010)
Shortly after emigrating from Europe, Peter and wife Ruth purchased the Stoney Vineyard, a one acre block in the picturesque Coal River Valley about 20 minutes out of Hobart. The … Read the rest