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The Brief
Alcohol
14.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2017
Cellar to
2045
How's it taste?
Medium-bodied with plush, slippery dark cherry fruits and fine long graphite tannins swirled with some tasty oak.
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
Expert Review
97 Points
Huon Hooke
Sweaty, meaty, reductive aromas at first; youthful and bold, fresh and undeveloped. The wine is intense and firm, with a little (pleasant) bitterness in the tannins, bright and bold, youthful and quite solid, in need of some cellar-time. It has very good depth and intensity of flavour. There's a sweet-fruit middle and considerable elegance. It showed more fruit and complexity with airing, including some pepper and a slight balsamic-herb bunchy note. Potential plus. A superb wine in the making. Footnote: a day later, exposure to air had brought more out of the wine. Wonderfully deep and complex.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
From vines planted 1868, 1966, '70 and '92, hand-picked, sorted, fermented with 25% whole bunches, the remainder whole berry, matured for 17 months in French barriques and hogsheads (20% new). Here black and blue fruits have fine, but not apologetic tannins running alongside the fruits - which don't give it (the fruit) even a passing glance).
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
James Suckling
This has an array of wild red berries with a gently creamy edge to the palate that carries long, plush and silky tannin in a fine, precise style. Salty mineral kick at the finish.
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Expert Review
94 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Spicy, peppery, a bit reductive and meaty, red and blue fruits, aniseed and perfume. Medium-bodied, pretty firm in acidity, spicy and charred, wheatgerm and dried herb, grainy tannin, and a raspberry acidity finish of sure length. Tight now, and needs a bit of time to resolve.
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker
Crushed stone, black olives and boysenberries appear on the nose, which bears a distinct similarity to something off the granite sites of Saint-Joseph or Côte Rôtie. It's medium-bodied and streamlined in the mouth, boasting a certain granite-like austerity to its structure, while still having fine-grained, ripe tannins and a long, silky and spice-infused finish.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Jeremy Oliver
An elegant, supple reflection of this cooler vintage whose deep, faintly herbal bouquet of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, cola and dried herbs reveals gentle cedary oak and a whiff of white pepper. Medium in weight, its subtle layers of red and blue fruits and dusty, powdery tannins extend with balance and charm towards a supple finish suggestive of blood plums and raspberries. An atypical, but charming expression of this wine.
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