Maker: McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is a nice enough Cab, though I didn’t like it as well as McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2005. Modest blueberry and blackberry fruit combine with chocolate, oak and a slightly sharp tannic finish to produce a pleasant but relatively forgettable wine.
The McWilliams website describes the winemaking process:
The grapes were fermented in a variation of ‘headed down’ fermenters and rotary fermenters to provide a complexity of flavour to the finished wine. A portion of the wine finished fermentation in contact with new American and French oak and a portion was barrel fermented in one and two year old barrels. The wine was matured on oak for seven months and then blended.