Domaine A Petit A Cabernets 2017


St Emillion inspired, but for me, reminiscent of the haunting, autumnal wines of Pessac Leognan. Beautifully complex aromas of blackcurrant, cranberry, mulberry, blackberry, violets, garrigue herbs, tobacco leaf, mint and cocoa. Pure ripe fruit, supple initially, before the sensual squeeze of chewy, tobacco laced tannins. Very complex interplay of savoury and fruit notes with squid ink, fresh earth, herbs. Oyster shell and pine nettles woven with dark and red fruits, and a little gooseberry tartness. Magnificently complex and gourmand, a wine full of stature and bearing. Waters Wine Co


Deep, youthful red with a tinge of purple remaining, the bouquet loaded with tobacco, humus and leaf-litter aromas, looking uncannily like a St Emilion. A trace of animal which isn’t objectionable. The palate is medium bodied and firm, with medium length and slightly sappy but not bitter tannins. A complex Bordeaux blend with a lot of merlot character, an impressive wine and good value. 93 points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review


This is good drinking. Reminiscent of Chinon or Saumur, attesting to the struggles here with ripening Bordeaux varieties. Yet there is loads of personality here with gently astringent tannins, maritime freshness and lifted scents of paprika, chili and beef bouillon, backed by loads of violets to blackcurrants. Australian technocrats may accuse this of being a little rustic, but I feel there is nothing untoward in the grand scheme of drinkability. 92 points – Ned Goodwin MW,





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Producer Profile

Bubb + Pooley is a new wine venture created by the husband and wife winemaking team of Justin Bubb and Anna Pooley. Their first and subsequent releases were produced from purchased fruit sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the Coal River Valley and the East Coast of Tasmania.

Sustainability and minimal impact underpin the approach at Bubb + Pooley – the fruit is hand-picked and there is minimal added sulphur to facilitate wild-yeast ferments and natural malolactic conversions. The wines are fermented in hand-crafted concrete vessels specifically designed to enhance the varietal.

All wines are bottle unfined and so are vegan suitable.

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