Little Dam is a half hectare block on the Mount Majura estate, and is described as their most ‘hard soil’ site, with pebbles that can actually being attracted to a magnet. Interesting. Pinot noir planted in 2000 made way for tempranillo (grafted) in 2004. Another power move by canny winemaker Frank van de Loo. Fascinating seeing the four iterations of tempranillo from the site. All very distinct, though this is closer to Dry Spur in style, in some respects.
Assertive tempranillo of quiet power, deep concentration, breathy spice and firm tannin finish. It’s heady in dark plum, cola, dark chocolate, meat dripping scents. It rolls through the mouth with a warm spread of dark berry flavours, a lick of Dr Pepper, touch of green herbs and a good dash of savoury spice. Fluid upfront, the grip starts mid palate and begins a spreading choke to dry and mouthwatering that finishes the wine. Has a serious feel. Good good. Rated: 93+ Points - Mike Bennie, Wine Front 2017