Dark blood red.
Spicy yet somewhat chemically – bizarrely enough it reminded me of spray paint!
Quite juicy and complex on first taste, but quickly loses its depth. Taste of peeled red apple skins, red currants and tart plum.
This red was 14.0% but wasn’t overwhelming. While I appreciated the flavour – it was a tasty Cab Sav despite it’s rather unusual scent – I would have expected more from a vineyard located in the Barossa Valley, which Penrice Estates (maker of Dusty Dog) is. That being said, the wine does have that distinctive warmth that comes from the acrid soils of the South Australian region, and it nicely complimented the steak pie I had it with. I also suspect the wine could have used a good year or two of cellaring – Barossa Cabernet Sauvignons are great reds to stick into storage for a few years. It would be worth buying now and holding on to until 2011, just to see how well this juicy red ages.