" I did have a quick sip to see how it was travelling. And it was travelling well." Campbell Mattinson
I was served this wine blind at a gathering on Sunday afternoon, and I never saw the bottle or alcohol reading etc. I wasn’t drinking at this gathering, though everyone else certainly was, but I did have a quick sip to see how it was travelling. And it was travelling well. I remember having this wine in its youth and it was thick with vanillin oak; essentially to a caricatured degree. That oak is still there, all coffeed and wood spicy, its toastiness clearly on show. But while oak is still a main character, it no longer steals the show. Leathery, earthen, plummy fruit has found its voice, and is shining. There’s a dustiness to this wine now, both on the nose and through the palate; when I first put my nose to it I wondered if there was some cabernet action at play. It’s at its peak now and won’t get any better, but it has at least a handful of years still up its sleeve. Best enjoyed in the next year or two though, I’d suggest. Rated : 92 Points. Tasted : Oct15. Alcohol : 14.5%. Price : $65. Closure : Cork. Drink : 2004 - . Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront.