Cooler than average spring temperatures led to a smaller set, however this resulted in excellent fruit concentration. A warm summer and long lingering autumn then followed, allowing this smaller crop to reach optimum ripeness.
The wine has a dense inky appearance, suggesting concentration and weight. The aroma is bursting with dark fruit (blackberry, blackcurrent, plum), but underlying there are also hints of vanilla pod, cigar box, liquorice and black olive. The palate is mouth filling and rich, backed by a spine of muscular yet fine grained tannins, that draw out the wine’s length and will help it age gracefully. While ready to drink on release, it should develop a range of additional nuances as it matures in the bottle.