This Black Opal is a nice blend of cabernet and merlot. The first thing that comes to my mind when tasting this wine is that it is soft on the palate. The color is a deep purple. There is an aroma of berry and spice. I taste rich cherry, a hint of dark, bitter chocolate and an aftertaste of oak. This is a full bodied wine. The tannins are soft and the fruit is robust. Overall, a lovely quaff that will be an excellent accompaniment to our pasta dinner.
Tom: This is a soft and fruity wine (jammy, berry fruits). The merlot definitely softens the cabernet. It’s unusual for us because it’s neither tannic (like a full cabernet) nor spicy (like a shiraz). It’s pleasant and drinkable, and would be an easy introduction into the fruit bombs (in the good sense) of Australia for anyone.