Maker: Mattie’s Perch, Adelaide, South Australia
Varietal: 60% Cabernet, 40% Shiraz blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Mattie’s Perch Cabernet Shiraz, a non-vintage blend, was pleasant enough for a low cost wine. This blend’s aroma offers berry notes with a bit of clove. The flavor is fruit-forward, with raspberry, cherry, blackberry notes; in the finish, there is a bit of pepper and oak. This isn’t a complex wine – the fruit really dominates. Like its sibling, Mattie’s Perch Shiraz, it’s pleasant and inoffensive. Oh, did I say it was cheap?
Mattie’s Perch Cabernet Shiraz isn’t a great wine, or even a particularly good one, but it’s better than low end alternatives like Franzia box wines or some of the $3-range bottles.