(weeknight w elaine) Light tawny ruby in glass, translucent. Quiet upon first pouring, after 2-3 hours, expressive umami nose, dried berries, hint hawflakes, dried jujube, and meaty mushroom sousbois, along with dark florals. Gentle yet tall acid balance, sweet, savoury herbs, lifted with very fine spritz. There is a pleasant clarity and finesse about how it goes down, before blooming on the finish with mint, fennel, fine leather and some black earth. Reminiscent of Volnay in its structure and profile. Young, and could go on for decades. Paired nicely both with JM's jap-inspired ponzu steak and vintage maleny cheddar.
(Elaine@Wasabi) Waaay too young, but oh so yummy: honey and potpourri perfume, hint kero, melon rind, papaya, marmalade bitters with slatey umami and stainless steel finish. Very good with the dark chocolate sorbet with four-year-old-barrel-aged-ogasawara-mirin gel.
(Elaine@Wasabi) Very pretty truffles and berries on nose, blue currants, old pillow, light leather and smoke, soft brambles and gentle mulch. Rather N Rhone-esque. Elegant, clean acid lined with soft, leafy garrigue. Wonderful balance to our very purist (no salt/pepper) grade-7 Maruya Wagyu served with Bunya-nut puree.