2018 Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec
From 1990s plantings of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Something something Saint Crispin’s day, but for me, Agincourt is synonymous with this grimy pub on Broadway, Sydney, on the seedy edge of Chinatown, which hosted sweaty dance parties to the early mornings of the late-90s.
Lovely drinking, easy drinking, lots of easy pleasure, plush and soft tannins a feature, mulberry and boysenberry fruit too. Joyous kind of feel, uplifting, fleshy and cuddly, with barley there tannins doing just enough alongside some sprigs of dried herb for detail and added interest, the finish just slightly too lemony tangy sherbetty. Surprisingly lush in profile, flesh and puddles of bombastic character and easy to enjoy. Nice. Drink by 2030.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (July 2020)
A wine of absolute charm. It's a 75/25% blend in cabernet's favour though it presents as a seamless whole. Blackcurrant, mulberry, roasted nut and fresh briar flavours come brightened by redcurrant. Tannin has melted in, clean acidity keeps it all fresh and true, the finish feels assured. It will age gracefully and (very) well. Drink by 2035.
Campbell Mattinson - James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion (February 2020)