Angus The Bull red wine review

Angus The Bull red wine review

Ever since some of my friends introduced me to Australian wine I’ve been inclined to buy wine from that region.  The big fruit taste as well as the higher potency lured me and has kept my attention.  In the ever onward search for great value in a table wine I was acquainted with Angus The Bull.

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Brief History

Do a search for “Angus The Bull” on Google and you’ll be greeted with a concise website with strong brand appeal.  The horned ‘g’ is the most memorable part.  It appears in the name and is also displayed prominently on the twist-cap in bright red-on-black.  The Winemaker responsible for this red is Hamish MacGowan.  His site explains that the concept of Angus The Bull was very simple but in its simplicity became an obsession that needed to be sated.  In 2003 he established the Aberdeen Wine Company to turn his idea into reality.

The philosophy behind Angus The Bull is to create a unique and innovative wine that provides the ideal accompaniment to prime beef. – Hamish MacGowan

This wine has received rave reviews by varied sources.  The most recent and notable is that by James Halliday, 2015 edition of the Australian Wine Companion in which it received a score of 93!  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon being reviewed today was adorned with four separate scores ranging from 90 to 93.

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The Tasting

Once poured onto a wine glass you can begin to appreciate the beautiful dark and inky red color of this wine.  This red wine is delightfully full-bodied.  It carries a sweet aroma from glass to nose.  While it shines when paired with red meat, it is also a nice stand-alone offering which is how I’m reviewing it.  The first sip invites you in with a dull sweetness which is carried throughout your palate until it is slowly overthrown by its extra dry properties.  If you can resist another sip, your tongue will be slowly enveloped from its middle to its sides by dry-tasting fruits – primarily grape.  This taste will linger until your next sip upon which the cycle is repeated.

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Final Thoughts

The simplest of ideas are always the best yet sometimes the most difficult to achieve.  Hamish MacGowan has nailed it with this red wine offering, he was able to deliver a wine of exceptional taste for the value.  At a mere $20 USD, this wine is the perfect companion to a nice steak.  It could also be your go-to wine when grabbing a bottle on the way to a dinner with friends.  If you don’t tell your friends the price, they’ll swear it’s $30 to $40.  Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon has been my favorite red for its price point since I first tasted it many years ago and continues to be up to the writing of this review.  Bravo Mr. MacGowan.

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