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Rod (4.5 Stars): Vintages has released previous vintages of this big red before, but it is now promoting it to the Essentials portfolio, where it will be available year-round. It’s still a young wine (I tasted it on 28 July 2014) that’s notably less evolved than the 2011 vintage I tasted with it. (The 2011 vintage is still available at Vintages.) The fruit is broad and deep, with layers of discrete flavours, and it’s underpinned by a seam of acidity that adds freshness to the texture. The tannins are moderate and manageable, and it’s ready for drinking now. I wouldn’t want to make too much of the comparison between the 2012 and 2011 vintages, though, as they’re different animals. For one thing, the declared alcohol level of 2011, 14.5%, is a full percentage higher than the 2012.