"Pretty impressive all round." Campbell Mattinson
95 points & Wine of the Week. Huon Hooke
95 points & Wine of the Week. "This has a deep, purple-tinted colour, with savoury dried herb and earthy notes over dark plum, chocolate and spices. It’s medium to full-bodied with good rich fruit, some sweetness and soft but drying tannins to follow. There’s a trace of bitter licorice on the finish, which helps cleanse the palate. Excellent!" Houn Hooke.
It’s fresh, clean, mellow through the palate but then rich and sweet to close. It tastes of black cherry and boysenberry, mint and plum, though the finish then pours on toffee, chocolate and raisin notes. It shows some warmth, but the flavour pushes long. The dosage is probably a touch too high for my tastes but then I’d also reckon that it’s been finely tuned and balanced, and that’s hard to argue against. Pretty impressive all round. Some nice ‘florals’ here too. Tasted: Oct 17; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2024+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front