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Newman’s Own ‘Common Good’ 2016 California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

17 October,2018

Since 1982, movie star Paul Newman created his own range of condiments to accompany meals, his salad dressing leading onto pasta sauces, popcorn, pizza and a line of organic foods. Paul Newman then turned to making his own wine label with the Rebel Wine Co. as part of his philanthropic ‘Newman’s Own Foundation’ where profits of sales of all products go to charity. Here, I review the Newman’s Own ‘Common Good’ 2016 California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, imported and distributed by Macvine International. The wines are soft, ripe, accessible and consumer friendly.


Newman’s Own ‘Common Good’ California Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from USA


Bright, golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft anf gently full with moderate depth of ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruit with pineapple notes, along with sweet nutty oak, unfolding some buttery MLF with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has ripe and sweetly rich flavours of tropical fruit and citrus fruit with pineapple and buttery notes. The fruit forms a firm hearted core with a vigorous line showing some heat and phenolics. The wine has a restrained, steely edge and carries with some underlying alcohol drive to a rich, tropical fruited and buttery finish. This is a sweetly rich Chardonnay with ripe tropical and citrus fruit flavours with pineapple and butter on a slightly hot palate with some phenolics. Match with roast pork over the next 2+ years. California fruit, 75% Coastal and 25% Delta regions in origin, predominantly fermented in stainless-steel to 13.4% alc., the wine given oak contact, undergoing partial MLF. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.90

Newman’s Own ‘Common Good’ California Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from USA


Very dark, deep, near impenetrable purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter edged, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with deep and ripe fruit aromas of blackcurrants, mulberries and dark-red plums with notes of eucalyptus and some mint herb. Medium-full bodied, the palate has soft, gentle, restrained but plush flavours of ripe blackcurrants, plums and mulberries with hints of herbs and eucalypt. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with modest extraction lending rounded, soft textures. The fruit sweetness is the feature, and the wine carries easily to a light, lingering finish of berry fruit and plums. This is a soft, smooth and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant plum, mulberry and eucalypt flavours on a gently extracted palate. Match with barbecued fare over the next 2-3 years. California fruit, 66%Lodi and 34% Coastal, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in French and American oak. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.90

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