Extremely appealing right from the very first sniff, this shows red fruit up front, with pomegranate, red berry and aperol on the nose and on the front palate. It’s youthful and bright, before seamlessly changing course and taking you down a more serious path of darker fruit, more muscle and a bite of tannin on the finish. In this way, the wine successfully shows you its prettier side, whilst assuring you that it has plenty in the tank, structurally, for the long term. It’s rather ‘unsuspecting’ as dad put it. Drink or cellar. – Ches Cook, FWC.
In the boxing parlance, this is up a weight class from the Half Acre in 2019. Spicy, tobacco and clove characters over black cherry and ripe plummy fruit. Hounds at the palate with a burr of emery board tannins, tart, puckering acidity and a sluice of that cherry-plum juice rolling around. A lift of something faintly minty? Fragrant in perfume and palate alike. Has a good sense of presence and latent power, but feels like a wine tight, tense and needing time. I like this vin de garde feel. Very good. Wait. Drink 2023 - 2035. 95+ Points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.