Last night we drew the cork from a 2002 Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia. What a masterful example of Barossa wine. Rich, luscious, some big tannins and a hint of vanillin oak. It was a joy to drink. It complemented the roast lamb superbly although it was almost too “big” and overpowering for the poor lamb. Some chocolate and blackberries to add to the mix and a very long finish make this wine a real treasure.

Although Coonawarra and Margaret River cabernets are the more famed, distinctive and generally refined, this wine confirms that the Barossa can produce some stunners as well, albeit in a more full bodied style. Hide it away for 10 years if you like but I won’t be, I’ll be gathering as much as I can when it’s on special and making the most of this wonderful wine.

The 2001 is still around but don’t give in – search on for the 2002 and it will be worth it.

It would also go well (probably better) with roast fillet of beef!