The 2017 vintage was notable for being cool and very long (which meant we picked late), giving great acid and intense fruit character. From the earthy, caramelised beetroot and pepperberry of the nose onward, this is an expansive, complex wine, held together by a robust structure. Firm tannin and medium-plus acid carry palate notes of fresh raspberries, stewed plum and vanilla toward a drying, almost-smoky finish.
Deep, youthful red with a tinge of purple remaining, the bouquet loaded with tobacco, humus and leaf-litter aromas, looking uncannily like a St Emilion. A trace of animal which isn't objectionable. The palate is medium bodied and firm, with medium length and slightly sappy but not bitter tannins. A complex Bordeaux blend with a lot of merlot character, an impressive wine and good value.
—Huon Hooke (93pts)
Note: this is the first release of this wine entirely under Stelvin screwcap—which we’ve done to increase consistency and long-term cellarability.