Deep purple colour. Aroma of nutmeg and cloves and cinnamon. Initially very bland, lack of fruit and light oak. After an hour or so, it developed into dark berries and good undertones of oak. Very subtle tannin, medium body not too dry.
Purple black colour, earthy aroma with a tinge of alcohol burning the nose. Medium to full body, dark fruit flavour with chocolate undertones. The tannins are evident but not overpowering. Still performing quite well for its age, will probably still do well over the next couple of years.
Decanted and with two hours to breathe and open, showing the fruit and structure I remembered -- minimal bricking, dry cork but good seal. Still big and bold, never came together completely, but a fine drink all the same. Was worried it was over the hill, but now wish it wasn't my last copy -- would like to taste again in another 1-2 yrs
Bit disappointing really. Needs a few hours in the decanter to settle and lose its damp bitterness, however the wine never really opened up. Smooth and integrated yet kind of a non-event. Colour didnt suggest past its age but perhaps the fruit has just gone. Drink now.
Pleasant surprise! The last bottle we tried seemed it may have been over the hill 2 years ago but this bottle, when opened an hour before a lamb chop dinner, paired and showed extremely well with nice balance, complexity and texture. This was a top Aussie export back then and confirmed it. There may still be hope for my last bottle in the cellar.
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