A classic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8% malbec and 4% petit Verdot. Hand-picked and sorted, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, on skins for up to a month, matured for 12 months in French oak (35%) new. This is the serious side of ’17. The aromas and flavours are still fresh and vibrant but the palate, in particular, brooks no argument. This is a wine for protracted cellaring to allow the whipcord-tight structure to relax its grip. Drink to 2048. 98 Points. James Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
The approach is stunning. A full orchestra of aromas, blue fruits, cassis, floral things, herbal spice, bayleaf, malt, liquorice. Fantastic. The palate is fresh, invigorating, blue fruits, faint plum, black olive, lithe tannins and a light malt-oak sheath seasoning things. It rides long, fine, light-on, but tense, with exceptional length and a pool of mouth-watering, gently sweet-sour fruit lingering long. It’s an understated, superb, detailed wine of exceptional feel and high drinkability. Drink now – 2040. 96+ Points. Mike Bennie - The Wine Front.