"98 Points. Open-fermented with 5% whole bunches and 5% viognier, 12 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French puncheons (25% new). Deep crimson; fascinating bouquet - I don't always find the violets that others talk about, but here they go close to challenging the dark cherry/blackberry fruits, and the spiced cracked pepper. The finish is simultaneously slippery, yet gently tactile, refusing to let go. Date when Tasted: 13 Mar 2018 Alcohol: 13.5% Drink By: 2037 Closure: Screwcap" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.
"The nose is detailed and fragrant, loaded with spicy red and blue fruits, and a lick of ginger and spice from the Viognier. There is so much going on here; violets and perfume and a heady mix of Asian spice and black pepper. The palate is layered and woven with super fine savoury but silky tannins. Blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant, it is super finely structured and detailed. The 2017 is so fine and balanced with exquisite length and detail to the palate." - Serrat Wines.