My last bottle. Needs time to open up and stabilise. Probably was a bit critical on the last bottle. Strong tannins making a firm dry, lengthy finish. Wouldn't throw out in the wash water! Good drinking right now.
Deep dark crimson hue, bright nose of dark cherries, lined with strong backbone of vanilla oak. Slight undertones of plum & earth which transitions to peppery notes at medium length upon decanting. Firmly medium body, medium to heavy tannin with slight fruitiness. Savoury on the palate, nicely balanced with a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Long dry finish with a slight vegetal, liquorice aftertaste. Good wine for the price, however not overly impressive.
Not up to the level of the 2009. A bit simple, straightforward and doesn't really speak of purpose or place. Doesn't lack punch for what is a medium bodied wine but the red fruit don't really have any character. Nice powdery tannin to finish.