...a commanding, profound nose of baked blackberries, boysenberries and warm cassis plus suggestions of candied violets, red roses, chocolate box, cedar chest and smoked meats with a waft of iron ore. Full-bodied, powerful and hedonic, the palate bursts with expressive black fruits and floral sparks, framed by exquisitely ripe, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing with epic length. A real head-turner...very impressive...
Aromas like this don't usually come out until 10 years or so in the bottle. Classic nose for this estate. Full-bodied, with an amazing palate of firm yet polished tannins and a solid palate. So dense and gorgeous. It is really stunning.
...very flattering bouquet with detailed red and black fruit laced with chestnut, cedar and sous-bois...supremely well focused...medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. There is immense depth here, more savoury than expected with chestnut once again, white pepper and a tinge of dried blood towards the finish. Outstanding.
The long, bramble-edged finish sports showy ganache and Lapsang souchong tea notes, while the structure refuses to yield until everything has finally played out. Muscular and vivacious.
A beautifully dense, ripe wine, its intense acidity balanced by an opulent structure and gorgeous fruits...texture is smooth and velvety, while never losing sight of the powerful structure...elegant and powerful...
Subtle, dark and crushed-rocks aroma. Smells and tastes so elegant. Super-fine tannins and lovely architecture. Juicy, fresh... Great elegance and length.
...nose is very, very deep, very ripe and amazingly, also quite compelling, as it offers up scents of black cherries, sweet cassis, bitter chocolate, soil tones, cigar smoke, gravel and a very well-integrated and generous base of new oak...deep, full-bodied, powerful...with a rock solid core of pure fruit...excellent focus and great length and grip on the tensile finish.