09 WH Smith Howell Mountain Cabernet Bronze Label ($48)  ☺☺☺☺

Great wines are such a pleasure to drink with robust food. This Howell Mountain Cabernet just begs to be drunk with a  succulent ribeye or New York strip. The initial nose is one of deep plums and blackcurrant, there is even a hint of mocha and pepper. We left this to breathe for about an hour and were rewarded with a  great smooth taste with flavours of ripe fruit, lush tannins and a hint of sharp acid to help bring out the best in the steak. One worth laying down in my opinion.  

© John Holmes 2014