This wine was pretty good on release but it’s aged to be even better. Some won’t like this because it’s more French than Aussie but I do – a lot. Chocolate and mixed black and white pepper on the nose. Palate is dark smoky chocolate, spicy pepper (more white than black but matched to the fruit) and smooth vanilla tannins with dark plums. Finishes with fruit sweetness and dark chocolate. 13.5% alc but it’s all – still! – in balance. Fades in the glass with oak showing through so drink up.
Meeanee, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
18/20 [tasted 09-01-2011]