I haven't opened one of these in over four years. Nearly opaque purple with a garnet rim. Nose of leather, dark fruit, smoke and vanilla. Ripe, full palate of blackberry, black cherry, plum, prune, black licorice, and vanilla. Excellent length. Nice acidity. Silky texture. The high alcohol is barely noticeable. The oak has mostly integrated. The sweet tannins have lost some grip over time. This is tasty wine, if a bit heavily extracted for some tastes. I doubt it will get much better with more cellar time. But I guess I'll find out.
60% Shiraz and 40% Mataro. Pop & pour and it does not need long to show up beautifully. Perfume nose of barnyard, leather, blackcurrant, cherry, plum and spice. Complex and savoury palate, balance structure and showing blackcurrant, cherry, sour plum, mineral and sweet barnyard notes. Finishes long with hints of spice and a soft grip. 16.5% Alc is brilliantly control and elegant, world apart from the Kaesler Avignon 2006 tasted few days back.
As was told this is a big wines need long decanting. Pop and poured a glass to taste before I decant the remaining, rich mouthfeel nothing better than blackcurrant grape juice. It opens up after an hour and getting better, dark and opaque with purple hues. Subtle nose of ripe fruits and dark plums intermixed with tobacco and leather. It has a supple mouthfeel, not jammy perhaps the bottle age did help. Blackberry, plum and sweet fruits with notes of leather and earth. A long spicy finish with fine tannins. An enjoyable wines with 16.5% ALC well contained, thought not as impressive as what I expect.
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