Taste the Difference Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2016

Taste the Difference Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2016
  • Ned's Rating
  • Our rating

Ned Said

"This is no mere generic Barossa bruiser, but a slick production by senior estate Chateau Tanunda. It fits: colour veers to black, perfume is high toned cassis, vanilla, even cigar box; it's sublimely savoury and lithe in its darkness of berry fruits, with the Merlot playing a clear role in plumping the Cabernet muscle; 14.5% alcohol. Try with roast beef - and no worries, this wine will cope comfortably with horseradish sauce".

This little beauty gets a 10 but is it deserving of top marks from Ned?

Top marks and a very descriptive write up from Ned on this one and he’s clearly impressed. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the 2016 vintage and had to settle with the 2017 vintage but it also didn’t disappoint. You can pick this little gem up from Sainsbury’s for £11 right now and it represents excellent value for money.

It had been a while since I’d had anything from Barossa so I was quite excited to taste this. Thankfully, it was worth the wait! Youthful, inky purple in the glass with a very good clean nose of blackcurrant and plum that included hints of tobacco smokiness. Full bodied and velvety in the mouth with the dark fruits coming through nicely. A nice creamy, vanilla finish as it went down too that lingered long after I’d swallowed and left me wanting more. The alcohol is almost syruppy if you give it a good swirl and watch it run down the glass and at 14.5% abv I’m not surprised.

A fantastic little wine that deserves its plaudits though I’m not so sure I’d give it a 10 overall. It’s more like a 9 for me. A cracker nonetheless and part of a very strong showing from Sainsbury’s in this year’s Best Wines in the Supermarket.

Featured Image courtesy of BrandMe. Learn about their partnership with Sainsbury’s and give them some love here.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *


  • […] bottle though he was less effusive in his praise after a second. It comes from their much venerated Taste the Difference range which has featured on our website before. I approached this wine with a touch of trepidation because I love Argentinian Malbec and the […]

  • […] too. If you’re after a dark red blend then look no further than the Diablo Dark Red or the Taste the Difference Barossa Cabernet Merlot. You can purchase both of these for a similar price, they both pack a punch and they are complex […]