Top Drop

Welcome back to Top Drop. It has been a dry couple of months in this segment.  I could blame the FebFest, but really I have just been exceptionally busy with other stories and I haven’t managed to check out many new wines.

You will be happy to know this situation will be rectified as I am now writing a monthly wine review for Focus Magazine. So you might say it is my job to try at least one new local wine per month. Check out Focus Magazine, Port Macquarie and Coffs Coast Editions for an interview with Gourmet Getaways and my first review.

Wine Guide Focus Magazine

Without further ado I will introduce my wine choice;


Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cassegrain Merlot Cabernet Sav 2008

Winter is in the air, so I have chosen a wine well suited to accompany the rich hearty food we crave at this time of year.

An ideal balance of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grape, with a rich crimson colour and the aroma of red currant and pepper spiced cherry.  Initial lively fruit flavours rolling into a creamy mellow chocolate plum finish. The oak is subtle but gives the wine a silky full palate experience, and a lovely lingering finish.

Cool temperature wine from New England. Gorgeous to enjoy now, but consider putting a few bottles down as this wine will mature well.

Goes with: Red meat, Slow Cooker dishes, Cheese Platter

Cost: $18.00

Available: All good bottleshops or online at

Do try this wine at home and let me know your thoughts, Coffs Harbour readers can find Cassegrain wines in IGA Liquor, at Park Beach Plaza.