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About The Wine
We’ve only just come across the wines of Traviarti and Simon Grant but boy are we glad we did - they’re outstanding.
With loads of experience in many aspects of the wine industry, the shift towards making his own wines seemed inevitable for Simon. The name ‘Traviarti’ means to be led astray, but this is one of those occasions where it pays to go down a different path!
Simon’s hand crafted wines come from Beechworth in Northern Victoria, and he appears to be hanging his hat on the varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo - the noble grapes of France, Italy and Spain. The latter two come from tiny plantings on his own vineyard while this Cabernet, his initial release, comes from the nearby Fighting Gully vineyard.
As Simon explains, “The link between the three varieties for me is structure. I’m looking to make elegant, savoury wines with fruit concentration but without overtly jammy character. I’m keen to drink the stuff and look for some acid backbone to both keep it alive in the mouth as well as cope with food.” Bang on, Simon!
Cabernet may be losing ground in the market, but this is such a lovely example of the variety. It’s very much a restrained cool climate style, but still with plenty of power and personality packed into its medium body. Simon is all about freshness with his winemaking and as Campbell Mattinson said in his 92 point review, “it’s one of those wines where you just want to keep diving back for more.”
Only 87 dozen were made so at just $30 it won’t be around forever. So elegant, so classy and thankfully for this noble variety, just so damn drinkable!
What It Tastes Like
One of those lovely Cabs that really draws you in. You’ve got to search for it a little on the nose but I don’t mind that, as the aromas of blackcurrants and herbs begin to reveal themselves. It’s more about structure than any massive smack-you-in-the-face flavour, with gentle but persuasive black fruits gliding across the palate. Firm but fine tannins, well-integrated oak and refreshing acidity that while isn’t obvious keep you reaching for your glass. A softly-spoken, thoughtful Cabernet and just a pleasure to drink.
92 points. “Simon Grant, the man behind Traviarti, is one of the more switched-on and knowledgeable wine people you’re likely to come across. He has a long history in wine though in production terms he’s just starting out; this is his first commercial release. He has a beautiful-but-tiny nebbiolo vineyard on the way in Beechworth, yet to come properly into production, but he has sourced cabernet sauvignon from the Fighting Gully vineyard for this wine. I personally think it says something good about him that he started with a cabernet; he’s about quality rather than trends.
It just happens to be a lovely cabernet to drink, too. It’s polished and curranty with peanut and succulent black cherry notes spunking things up. It has enough flavour yet it remains refreshing; it’s one of those wines where you just want to keep diving back for more.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
If we could end up with a wine of this quality and style every year we would be very happy indeed. Medium bodied with intensity, structure and balance. Around 25% of this wine saw new French oak for 18 months and 87 dozen made.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: N/A
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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