APPEARANCE: Deep garnet with slight purple tinge; no ageing visible on rim
AROMAS: Attractive blend of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant, with overtones of cedar, oak and eucalyptus
TASTE: Intense concentration of warm dark, ripe fruits with a fresh, lifted acidity, and well integrated oak. Traces of vanilla from US oak barrel ageing are apparent; tannins are robust but rounded, while finish is pleasantly lingering
FOOD PAIRING: Best enjoyed with well flavoured red meat dishes, especially lamb, beef, game or venison, BBQ fare, or mature cheeses
OVERALL: Just 1400 bottles produced, this is a powerful and exuberant red, drinking very well now but has cellaring potential until 2023-25
The Pizzato winery is well known for its red wines and in particular for their structure and longevity. It is no coincidence that winemaker Flavio’s reds, from his ‘Gran Reserva’ range through to his ‘Fausto’ branded second line, are all barrel-aged to a greater or lesser extent. Julia Harding MW awarded this Cab Sauv17/20 in Jancis Robinson’s ‘Purple Pages’, while Decanter magazine gave it a 4 star rating.
If you like this, try Gran Reserva Concentus, from the same producer a delightful, super- heavyweight red blend comprising Cab Sauvignon, Merlot & Tannat