The AC/DC Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from grapes grown in the Barossa Valley in South Australia and produced by Warburn Estate wines from the Riverina grape growing area of New South Wales (near Melbourne and Sydney). It is available from Vinport for $17.99. They don’t offer much information about the making of this Cabernet, but really, if they used American or French oak casks to age the wine is not nearly as important to a potential consumer as ‘This is freaking AC/DC Highway To Hell Wine!”. In a time when sweet Moscato wine is all the rage, the world needs a big burly AC/DC Cabernet Sauvignon. (with that said they also have You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato, but no Whole Lotta Rose’) The alcohol content is a reasonable 13%.
The color is very purple with black cherry highlights and an almost clear halo. The nose is raspberry, vanilla spice, cold coffee, 80% cocoa content chocolate, a hint of smoke and faint gumdrop spice. There is a full velvety mouthfeel, with firm tannins and strong flavors. It starts with black cherry, cranberry, herbal tea, red Twizzlers (not sweet) and orange peel. The mid palate brings along some custard and blueberries, milk chocolate and a final blast of POM Wonderful. There is a nice sweet/tart and rough/smooth thing going on. The tannins are firm, but do not bite and the acidity gives this Cabernet some decent length. This is an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, it is big and bold, no one would confuse it for a French wine, but it is also very well balanced and very tasty. The finish is soft blueberry and cherry and lasts for a very respectable length of time.
I miss Australian wines, they used to command a whole aisle at the local wine shop and now there are some shops that only carry Australian cartoon critter wine. Australian wines always offered bang for the buck, it was easy to buy a top notch under $20 buck bottle, just grab the Australian Red with the craziest name. And now, AC/DC is riding to the rescue, this Cabernet Sauvignon hits harder than its price tag. Face it, you know you gotta at least try AC/DC wine, how many times have you been driving along in the car and “You Shook Me All Night Long” came on the radio and you just had to crank the volume. You owe them. So pick up a bottle of AC/DC wine, twist the top and pour some on the ground in memory of Bon Scott, then Have A Drink On Me.
this bottle was received as a sample