The nose is all blood plums, toasty oak and vanilla. It is generous and velvety in the mouth with warm, briary fruits. The wine is currently driven by its oak and finishes with sweet cedar and vanilla.
Still quite vigorous, with blackberry, smoke and tar notes, strong oak and reasonable length. The oak dominates the finish and makes it slightly hard and hollow. Should keep for a while, but will probably lighten with time.
A surprise inclusion at the Visy Bankers lunch. Perhaps not a great wine but very very good, and speaks well to the advantages of blending regions in a poor year. Very complete in the classic Pennies with old crumbly oak and tannin, and very balanced set of red berrie fruits. Drinking well now for mine.
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