Ripe plum, green olive, nougat and brown spice, lots of oak, lots of booze-soaked ripe fruit. All does well in its way. Slick and rich to taste, supple and flows well, all components well integrated, exceptional length and palate-staining persistence with a slightly too breathy finish, but you get the gist it’s going to work out. Chunky, chewy, deep but with good flow. Bold, big red done well. 94 points. – Mike Bennie, Wine Front.
'A vibrant red/blue colour hint at what is to come! The usual perfumed aromas are followed by an extremely full and complex palate of blackberry, red currant and lightly minted cola. Impeccable tannins and natural acidity in abundance, finishing with the hallmark great length. Possibly a little more approachable as a young wine than recent vintages, but just as cellarable. Very happy with this one. Alcohol 15.5%.' Ron Laughton and Emily McNally, August 2020.