Blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot. Fruity aromas jump out of the glass, followed by leather, cedar, kirsch liquer and raspberry. Core of dark fruits surrounded by very chalky tannins. Well-balanced with mouth-watering acidity. Finish is long with hints of mocha. Should be even better once tannins settle in 3+ years. Tasted Jan/2013.
A merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend, from the cooler, shorter, more challenging ’08 vintage, this garnet-red wine has been aged in French oak (60% new) for 20 months. The results are an impressively Bordeaux-esque wine that’s showing some maturity with aromas of leather, spice, wild herb, incense, dark chocolate, black olive and fig notes. Great structure on the palate with grippy tannin and balanced acidity, this has focus and power with flavours of coffee bean, cooking spice, old leather, dried leaves, pencil led, and cassis. Decant and enjoy with braised beef or even seared duck breast.