First Drop Wines | 2017 ‘Mother’s Ruin’ Cabernet Sauvignon
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2017 ‘Mother’s Ruin’ Cabernet Sauvignon

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This restrained, well balanced expression of McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is an ode to the ‘luncheon claret’, but it’s not as green and austere as that favourite lunchtime libation at the gentleman’s club. Early picked fruit from a vineyard with good breeding in the Willunga foothills results in an elegant, varietal style with classic First Drop drinkability.

Tasting Note
2017 'Mother’s Ruin' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, Julia Harding MW, 2nd June 2020, 17 points

Deep ruby with some brick at the rim. After a run of Shirazes, this is so distinctive in its unashamed Cabernet character. Leafy, minty cassis with a strong cassis-leaf fresh aroma. Dry, super-fine tannins giving shape to this lovely Cabernet fruit, which is cool and fresh. Mouth-watering and marked by capsicum vegetal flavour but not underripe. Lovely fragrant Cabernet.

2016 'Mother’s Ruin' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019 Edition, page 248. Rating: 93

Hard not to admire the way it combines true varietal character with juicy, jubey, accessible fruit flavour. It's a svelte red with bay leaf and dust-like overlays but the centre is all pure ripe fruit. It's bang on for style and value.

2015 'Mother’s Ruin' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Halliday Wine Companion 2018, James Halliday, page 262. Rating: 93

Such a brightness and vibrancy to the fruit - really zesty acidity helping this retain its medium-bodied palate full of cassis, lavender, bay leaf and mint chocolate with fine sand-paper-like tannins Surprising how approachable and enjoyable this is now.

2015 'Mother’s Ruin' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, James Suckling, July 2017. Score: 92

This shows more fresh blackcurrant, iodine and hints of ripe bell pepper. The palate is full-bodied, fresh, grippy and chewy on the finish. Very delicious now.

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