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96 Points

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Haven't tried this for 7 years and my patience has paid off. Oliver has a drinking window on this wine till 2009 and boy was he off the mark! This wine is in a beautiful, happy place right now. Nose was initially muted, but after 3 hours in the decanter, it started to open up. Savoury notes of black olive, tobacco and spice carressed my nasal cavities. Although nearly 12 years old the colour is still deep and dark. The palate though has mellowed and softened. Silky fine, integrated tannins meshed with smooth cassis and blackberry fruit cover the tongue giving an altogether wonderful mouthfeel. This wine spent 27 months in new French oak and you wouldn't know it. It has fully integrated into the wine making this high class gear with an oldy worldy feel to it. Hats off to Stuart Watson! This is exceptional stuff and I am glad I have a few more bottles in the cellar as it has many a year left in it yet. Will it get better? Don't know but it is drinking very well now.

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