Very modern styled wine, big fruit and some oak bit very well handled! Medium to full bodied, lots of clean cherrie and dark berrie fruit, long and balanced! Velvet tannin to support, lovely now but the fruit will last for a long time. A real bargain at 10 Euro/bottle!
Purple inky colour, light only seen through it at the rim of the glass. Fruit and oak dominate nose. Smooth, tannic mouthfeel. Dense fruit flavours, almost new world level of fruit extraction, prunes might be closest. Vanilla and oak, some smokiness, not excessive. All well integrated, no unusual flavours, but not very sustained after drinking. Highly drinkable on its own, good with meat and very good with chocolate. Quite like a port, not complex, great QPR at €9.95. 14.5%abv.
2nd London off-line w/out UK CT'ers (http://www.tufnellparktavern.com): Non-blind. Had immediately. (RO's wine.) Impression: OMFG! This is a black wine with a dark fruit anise seed come licorice MEGA nose. Blinded I'd have said Australian Shiraz - no doubt. Has all the components of extracted Oz Shiraz with a great acids-tannin-fruit balance. Displays dill and some slightly unusual herbal qualities that IMHO add to the experience in the best of ways. This is a large, wide fist of hard core power and complexities from the higher realms. Fantastic! Will probably live long. Wish I had a case...
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