Searching for a wine on the high street, popping into all the big major supermarkets, navigating your way around all the deals and promotions, half price this (which is probably what it’s worth in the first place) and 25% off 6 bottles, it’s worth remembering that there is a smaller chain out there that also has a selection of excellent wines.
The shop in question is the Co op and their range often falls under the radar but in my experience I’ve found the wines they sell are, on the whole very good, mixing a selection of household names with some interesting and unusual offerings.
ARTAN Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This particular bottle I picked up from our local store a while ago from a recommendation on Brian Elliot’s Midweek Wines website.
A Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, ARTAN is the Gaelic name for stones used to describe the unique soils of the Limestone coast from where the wine originates.
This was a real surprise to me, wasn’t really sure what to expect but this is definitely different to a lot of Cabernet’s I’ve tasted. Firstly the nose is quite off putting to start with, very strong aromas of cedar and mint which is almost tooth pasty, there is no real fruit noticeable as it’s overpowered by the wood and mint. The first sip is where the fruit shines, dark berries and cassis are now dominant with the mint and wood taking a back seat. Limited tannins, fresh acidity, liquorice and vanilla are all there along with a touch of sweetness.
Left some for the following day and everything had softened a little , less pronounced nose, sweet fruit and just a pleasure to drink. Finally I would say, when initially opening decant for a while and don’t let the initial smell put you off, this is a decent enough wine and I enjoyed it, for around £8, very good value.