A revelation. Dark plum and a pepper hit on the nose. Big mouth feel, velvet covering for the mouth. Smooth, integrated, hidden tannins. Big plum fruit hit. Sophisticated and complex. This is at the start of its drinking window. Finish goes on forever. One of the really good Aus high end wines.
14.%. The quality of the fruit is noticeable in the intense nose and spicy finish. Barely noticeable secondary notes. Noticeable sedimentation coating parts of the bottle. Acid and tannin well balanced, if a little soft. This bottle has aged well, despite a known two week episode exposed to tropical temperatures. I may have opened my previous bottle too soon after that episode. Will open my next one two years from now.
Been several years since my last tasting of this. Decanted half the bottle, reserving the balance for another day. Pours purple, less viscous than I remember, but the lavender and blue fruit are very familiar if more elegant and less "in your face" than i recall. Blue fruit, flowers, faint oak, alcohol on the nose. Much more approachable, this is finally coming of age; still shows the characteristics of an Oz wine but in a more subtle manner. While I'm glad to have slowed down on my purchases of these over the years, this wine shows the benefits and grace of age.
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