Cabernet and family embraces cabernet-dominant blends as well as other Bordeaux varieties and their blends. Margaret River again reigns supreme, putting forward as many highlights as every other region put together, with the Yarra Valley responsible for half of the balance. Malbec, merlot and cabernet franc all come out to play in force here, but ultimately prove to be no match for blends led by the distinguished cabernet sauvignon itself. It was a Yarra Valley taste-off for the 2022 Cabernet and Family of the Year, with Mount Mary and Yarra Yering neck and neck. Yarra Yering does it again! And goes all the way to win both Red Wine of the Year and the Wine of the Year, too. Game over.
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"This is mesmerising. Do take time to bask in its fragrance – all floral and spicy with some aniseed and fresh herbs. Enjoy the poised fruit flavours of blackberries, mulberries and a hint of blueberries coated in spicy oak and tethered to the body of the wine. Pulsing acidity and beautiful tannin structure shape this and offer a promise of more to come in time. Wow – what a wine." – Jane Faulkner
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*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.
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