the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon

Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignonthe Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 SE Australia, $5.50 for 750 ml

(Red Wine)

The Little Penguin Shiraz was such a pleasant surprise that I thought I would give their Cabernet Sauvignon a run for the money. Plus, I like thinking of cute little penguins wobbling around in hand-knit sweaters somewhere in New Zealand (see Little Penguin Shiraz post). It makes me happy.

True to Cabernet form, I detected that pleasantly sour, blackcurrant flavor and a nice acidic bite. The tannins were a bit lower that I would have expected from a Cabernet and I discovered this with some level of disappointment. I’ve grown to enjoy a nice dose of puckering tannins in my Cabernet Sauvignon.

While the flavor was pleasant, I preferred the denser-almost chewy-Little Penguin Shiraz to their Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet was less complex and the flavor was of a sharper, less rolling-deep sensation.

Bottom line? I’m still KO’d by the Little Penguin. While the Shiraz is my favorite so far, the Cabernet also offers good value for the price.

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1 Response to “the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon”

  • Couldn’t find your review of the Pinot Noir on this site. Did you try it? I liked it but it wasn’t in stock at my grocery, so I got the Cab instead and was dissapointed. I’ll have to try the Shiraz, though I’m not much of a Shiraz drinker in the first place. I’ve been lookign for a budget table wine. I’m not a wine snob, but I don’t like a lot of particularly cheap wines. I can’t bring myself to spend more than $16 for a bottle, but I also have trouble finding anything I like for less than $8. Little Penguin Pinot Noir was the first. I’ll have to read more of your reviews and try them!


    Hi Sky,

    I have not tried the Pinot yet, but now you have inspired me to do so! I actually really like the Cabernet Sauvignon a lot, but then again, I tend to be partial toward them. I like the heavier, layered flavor. If you do get around to giving the Pinot a test, feel free to send a comment back on your experience!


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