Colour Deep chocolate brown with
rich golden highlights intermingled with some greens at the
meniscus. Similar to a nicely aged Australian Rutherglen Tokay.
Aroma Pronounced, aromatic rich
and sweet with malt extract and hints of dried rosemary-like
herbal characters. Toasty, nutty complexity adds to an already
Palate Entry is rich and full
flavoured building to a round mouth-filling soft richness
and leading to surprisingly and pleasantly soft and velvety
tannins on the back palate. Quite heavy initially but agreeably
soft and smooth on the after palate.
General This tea is somewhat of
an enigma. The colour, aroma and initial palate sensations
which are all big, rich and flavoursome lead one to expect
a strong and heavy mouth puckering tannin finish. The surprise
is that instead of intensity of flavour building as expected
at the finish, it actually diminishes.
This structure reminds me of pinot meunier sparkling base
wine in that there is an immediate rich ripe full mid palate
flavour but which then falls away. In winemaking parlance,
a "short" palate.
Winemakers often use the term "cold tea" to describe
some of the desirable characters found in Australian Rutherglen
Tokay and it is in Yata Watte that I find this character most
pronounced and for this reason I find it very attractive.
I have some difficulty with the reference on the packaging
"in the style of a Cabernet Sauvignon" as shortness
of the palate of Yata Watte is not an attribute one seeks
in Cabernet Sauvignon, where length of palate is regarded
as almost mandatory.
Apart from possibly zinfandel, which is not widely known to
consumers in Australia, I really cant think of a suitable
red wine alternative. The pinot meunier, to which I referred
earlier, is also relatively obscure in consumers minds. Possibly
a more meaningful comparison would be with a full bodied rich
and ripe chardonnay where there is an abundance of rich mouth-
filling mid flavour but with a lesser impact on the back palate.