Hopefully this posting will create some interest as this hybrid can produce some good wines on the eastern seaboard. This Chambourcin, at 14%alc, is from the Hunter Valley, was slightly chilled and open for an hour.
TN: `03 Chambourcin Black Cypress--Yarraman, Hunter Valley.
Colour. Dark intense centre with some lovely purple variations on the rim. Big legs.
Nose. Cherry and plum, slight oak maybe.
Palate. Initial soft ripe entry mouthfeel. Ver low tannins (typical?), hint of sweetness and good balance. Acidity is masked by the black fruits, as is some earthyness on the finish. Here comes some white pepper and brambleberry. Guess medium bodied and brief hints of sour cherry after an hour in the glass. Nice grip but do not like the savoury character on the finish, deters somewhat?
Would buy again when I see a new vintage.
Cost was about $22 Cdn.