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Black Opal Red Bordeaux Blend Cabernet Merlot 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Most all of your friends will get on board this berries-and-caramel train, and at this price, you can afford to treat them. Has ripe fruity aromas and flavors, with a maple-caramel tinge that's a little sweet for this reviewer, but will find plenty of fans.

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Black Opal Winery:
Black Opal established in 1986, comes from a place of untamed territories and unspoiled land. This is Australia. The land they call "Oz". The land down under. Brimming with life, Australia is a dreamland rich in culture, diversity and natural history. This is apparent in the crystal blue skies above, in the red landscape, even the glistening opal, and a gem that dates back 60 million years. T... Read more
Black Opal established in 1986, comes from a place of untamed territories and unspoiled land. This is Australia. The land they call "Oz". The land down under. Brimming with life, Australia is a dreamland rich in culture, diversity and natural history. This is apparent in the crystal blue skies above, in the red landscape, even the glistening opal, and a gem that dates back 60 million years. The Black Opal wines are sourced from vineyards found in South Australia along the Limestone Coast, at Langhorne Creek and in the infamous Barossa Valley. The Limestone Coast vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot. The region, known for producing reds of outstanding quality is rich with the famous "Terra Rossa" soil, which overlays a hard layer of limestone. Cabernet Sauvignon is a star performer on the Limestone Coast - producing Black Opal wines with a distinctive blackcurrant and cassis aroma. Langhorne Creek is another famous region for red wines. Southeast of Adelaide, the region boasts Cabernet and Shiraz with characteristic "chocolate mint" aromas and an incredible richness in flavor. The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest and most famous wine-producing areas. Established in the 1840s, it has built a reputation for producing powerful Shiraz based wines and full flavored Chardonnay. Read less

External Reviews for Black Opal Red Bordeaux Blend Cabernet Merlot

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Quiet at first, the aromas expand with air to encompass cherry and mint. It's a smoother, more elegant style that expected given the wine's price point and origin, finishing gently with chalk and toast.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Broad in texture, with tangy acidity against ripe plum and dried tomato flavors, finishing with a touch of rosemary. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Red plum fruit touched by light tannins, pleasantly jammy and forward with that plummy taste right at the tip of the tongue.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Medium and round in the mouth, this Cab-Merlot is reminiscent of Carmenère, with its red-fruit core and loads of barbecue-like spices. There's plenty of clove on the nose, too; what it lacks is subtlety it makes up for with quaffability.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A harmonious marriage of Cabernet, which contributes rich cassis and mint flavors, and Merlot, which provides attractive berry characters with a hint of chocolate.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Soft and gentle, with more strawberry than currant, finishing with a touch of fine-grained tannin. Drink now through 2004.



Most all of your friends will get on board this berries-and-caramel train, and at this price, you can afford to treat them. Has ripe fruity aromas and flavors, with a maple-caramel tinge that's a little sweet for this reviewer, but will find plenty of fans.

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