Awards: 2016 87 points - Aggregated Critic
Bright dark inky red in color with aromas of blackberry, vanilla and chocolate. Blueberry pie, truffles, plum jam, custard and mocha with spicy aged tones and a soft ripe tantalising finish from the Brandy tempered oak.
Have it with brisket, roast, pizza and your best friends.
This wine, Hopes End Cabernet Sauvignon, is aged in brandy barrels and kind of falls into that category of “new style” wines. It’s not something I would define as a traditional wine, yet it’s not totally foreign either. It’s a twist. Something different. Something to pique your curiosity and give you a chance to explore. I’m guessing it has a niche audience of folks who go bananas for it, and some folks who aren’t into it at all. Of course, it’s not really fair to compare it side by side with another Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s not meant to be just a Cabernet Sauvignon… it’s meant to be different, and it is.
The aromas on this wine are intense. I mean, really intense with mostly spice fragrances, such as vanilla, black pepper, pencil shavings and cedar, but there are also some fruit aromas, like blackberry and strawberry. The palate is brimming with concentrated ripe blackberry and strawberry flavors, with the oaky brandy barrel flavors coming through on the mid-palate followed by a touch of coffee flavor on the finish. While the brandy barrel is noticeable, it’s not over the top. The acidity is sufficiently bright and there’s a slight tannic texture to the mouth feel.