Colour: Dark purple and near-impenetrable with a very bright purple-violet rim edge.
Nose: Classic cabernet aromatics from fresh mid-season blueberries to a freshly opened bottle of cassis. There’s a blackberry and aniseed aromatic edge, too, and then some faint, over-wafting cedar spice from prudent French oak use.
Palate: That oak’s hand-joined and turned framing supports the finest fruit display: pure cabernet sauvignon blackberry and blueberry flavours complete with the additional structure of drying tannins. This red wine’s fruit weight makes it lavish and rich in the mid-palate, but then more late-gifting tannin stretches out the wine, extending the back-palate on and on.
This red wine’s balance makes it enjoyably drinkable now, say with rich red meat stews. Given 5 years or even a decade, it will have reached a stage of benevolent maturity where a Shepherd's Pie with lightly steamed green beans will be the perfect accompaniment.
This wine is suitable for vegans.
Sommelier Wine Awards (UK) 2020 – Gold Medal
James Halliday /Australian Wine Companion – 95 Points
Winemaker International Wine Challenge (USA) 2021 - Gold Medal, 93 Points
Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2021 - Gold Medal, 91 Points
The Real Review, Nick Butler – 90 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 – 92 Points
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Silver Medal
Regan Drew, The Chronicle, October 2020, 94 Points