Similarly red-fruited when drunk next to ‘Bird’ but with a slightly high tannin profile. Tannin is released early and brings a chalkiness to the mouthfeel and even to the flavour of the wine. Again, there is a nice balance between primary fruit and layers of savoury structural elements. All of this is on show in an effortless delivery of prettiness and succulence – a skilful achievement of the winemaker. – Ches Cook, FWC.
Marion’s is a 40 year old vineyard in the Tamar Valley. 230 dozen produced. I liked it instantly because it put me in mind of Nebbiolo. It’s limpid and medium-bodied, but the weightiest of the 2019 trio. Ripe cherry, baking spices, almost a liquorice root thing happening, and some floral perfume. Tannin presents firmly, but smoothly, tightly-knit and graphite feel, coolness, then warm plum and cherry flavour pushing out a long finish. Jim’s made Marion blush a little in 2019. Rated 95 points. Drink 2020 - 2026+ Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.