Inky colour, almost black. Musky earthy aroma with a slight alcohol undertone. Medium to full body. Reasonably smooth taste with long finish. Fruit is present, tannin exist but not overpowering at all. Dark fruit and cassis with chocolate. Given the colour and aroma I expected it to be a lot dryer than it was. Still has a couple of years left.
It's been a year since my first bottle of this Balmoral. What a difference a year makes. Now outstanding McLaren Vale qualities. Deepest ruby in the glass, with a powerful body and strong legs. Intoxicating aromas of violets and blackberries on the nose. Rich, ripe boysenberries, blueberries and lingonberries, plus vanilla oak, on the palate. The finish lingers with notes of cinnamon and anise.
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