A.Retief Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec 2008

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RECM200810 UCAU
  • 60/30/10 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot & Malbec
  • Winemaker has worked in Sonoma Valley, Hunter Valley and Bordeaux
  • Lovely style of Bordeaux Blend
  • 1 or more bottles
    $34.99
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  • James Halliday
    93 points

Editors notes

Owner and winemaker Alex Retief’s wine career was prompted by his parents planting a vineyard near Ladysmith, in Gundagai, in 1997. He enrolled in the wine science course at CSU, and in 2001 was accepted as the trainee winemaker at the university’s winery. The ensuing years were spent gaining experience in Sonoma Valley (Felzer), the Hunter (working with Andrew Margan), the Languedoc and Bordeaux (where Alex was winemaker at Chateau de Lagarde).

Returning to Australia, he launched the A. Retief label in 2008, making wines from both family and contract-grown grapes in the Gundagai, Tumbarumba and Hilltops regions.

This is one of the first wines he made under his own label

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    93
    "Dep purple-red; a powerful wine with a convincing array of dark fruits from its 60/30/10 blend; the tannin and French oak inputs are substantial, but fully justified by the fruit."

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

New South Wales

Home to 14 official wine regions, New South Wales offers a diverse and wide-ranging expanse to produce wines that appeal to every palate.

From Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – to exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange, the Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba, these regions can be found to produce some of the best Australian Wine around. Recognised as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales is also the most populous state with its wine consumption far outpacing the region's wine production. Although the Hunter Valley region is well known, the majority of wineries are located along the Murray and Darling Rivers (in the south-east of the state) which supplies water for many of the region's wineries.

Other regions within New South Wales include the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina and the Shoalhaven Coast.

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