Sunday, November 13, 2011 - Despite a tired cork that was determined to come out in instalments, this turned out to be in pretty good shape.
Colour-wise, a little browning at the rim, but the overall colour is both youthful and deep (for its age). Not too forthcoming on the nose, initially faint old wood / plumminess, but a gentle swirl brings out surprisingly strong/pure fruit that allows the initial aromas to play the background complexity.
It really does shine on the palate though, initially sweet, persistent but not overpowering fruit, with some wood/tobacco offering interesting complexity. Acidity is at a level where it carries the flavours along, refreshes, yet doesn't make a grab for attention. There are even some faint residual tannins, but they play a minor role now. Also noteworthy is that the wine carries a relatively rich mouthfeel at an age where I'd expect something more ligth than medium bodied.
Our last bottle and best of the three we bought.