Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): I loved this - it was not quite the complete wine, but boy was it a wonderful drink. This had an absolutely beautiful nose, with layers of roasted earth, tobacco and spice, dried oysters and lovely sweet scents of dried cherries. Wow, just wonderful complex stuff. The palate was beautifully elegant too, with the silkiest tannins and lovely fresh acidity lapping against a light core of dried red cherries and dates, with a touch of sour plum on the midpalate. This was a classic old Rioja - light-bodied, floaty, almost ethereal, yet it still had nicely persistent flavours, with gusts of smoke and mineral drifting beautifully across dried fruited notes in the finish. A bit on the shorter side maybe, but still a real charmer. Lovely stuff - a wonderfully resolved, matured, silky wine, drinking superbly well at 50 years of age.
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