Lovely nose - concentrated dark fruit, blueberries, spices, leather, smoke. On the palate fresh and vibrant with great concentration, lots of acidity, gentle tannins. Spicy finish. Very good length. Might not get better with further aging, and very good right now, but no rush. 91-93
SYD OFFLINE Vivino Meet-Up - Feb 2016: My joint third favourite of 11 wines on the night. And an amazing 95+/100 (4.3/5.0) from me. So good to try this 1998 having recently tried a very young 2012. I said the 2012 was a keeper for another decade. And so it proved.
There was an intense and hedonistic nose of rich dark cherries. The palate led with those rich cherries, together with tobacco smoke and a smooth lick of white pepper. Totally belying its years. What a wine.
If you come across any '98s that have been cellared well, pick them up! Classy wine, incredible value. The nose on this is Keyneton is one of the best I've had. In the mouth it is a delicately balanced profile of cola, cinnamon and clove. Tertiary is king. This is exactly where you want it to be at this age. And will hold a few more years yet.
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